Therapeutic Recreation


The Asheville Parks and Recreation Department offers therapeutic recreation and educational programs to people of all ages requiring specialized services due to developmental and/or physical disabilities, enabling them to develop new recreational skills and maintain existing ones to enhance health, independence and well-being.

Our goal is to help promote a high quality of life for individuals with disabilities within the community by providing a variety of specialized recreational services.

All activities and programs are available for individuals who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be able to work in a group setting
  • Ability to follow program rules, converse with others in a respectful manner and respect personal space of others
  • Maintain personal care needs independently (including administering medication, toileting and eating)
  • Ability to utilize basic communication skills (making needs/wants known)
  • Demonstrate basic social skills (interact with peers)
  • Must not have a history of violence against themselves or others

The LRT/CTRS are unable to provide one-on-one supervision, however we will try to meet each participant’s needs. If an individual does not meet the eligibility requirements, they can still participate if they have their own support staff.

Click here to browse current programs and register online.

 

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Therapeutic Recreation News

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WNC Nature Center to reopen Oct. 5

  Pre-opening for members only begins Sept. 28   The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation department is very pleased to announce the reopening of the WNC Nature Center to the general public on Oct. 5.   Visitors will notice a few changes since their last visit. To ensure the safety of the public, staff, and the resident animals that [...]

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Bike skills park to be built at Richmond Hill Park

  Construction will soon begin on a new bike skills park located within Richmond Hill Park (see concept map and skills board below).   The project is a collaboration between the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department and Pisgah Area Southern Offroad Biking Association (Pisgah Area SORBA). This addition to the park is a natural surface [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation announces new AVLPARKS eSports league

    Unusual times call for innovative programming!  Whether you’re brand new to eSports or an experienced gamer, there’s a spot for you in Asheville Parks & Recreation’s brand new AVLPARKS eSports programs.  Every Monday through Friday, you’ll have a chance to compete against other local players in NBA2K, Madden 20, Fortnite or join our Rocket League.  [...]