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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Register for programming

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Therapeutic Recreation News

Asheville Parks & Recreation adds space to park system, announces exploration of a partnership with Carolina Day School

During these extraordinary times, more and more Asheville-area residents are spending time in the great outdoors, often in public parks and recreational facilities. Today, the City of Asheville and Carolina Day School (CDS) announce two exciting initiatives that will positively impact the Asheville community: the purchase of land by the City of Asheville for a [...]

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Playable art is coming to Jake Rusher Park; community is invited to virtually meet the artist

    Recent improvements to Jake Rusher Park in south Asheville will be complete with the installation of playable art in the late spring of 2022.    Becky Borlan, a Baltimore-based artist, has been selected by a review committee to design a playable art piece which will be placed in the park near [...]