Open spaces, parks, recreation and cultural arts provide opportunities for living, learning and leading a full and productive life. Parks and recreation benefit individuals and neighborhoods while having a positive impact on economic growth and environmental preservation. The Asheville Parks & Recreation Department maintains 54 public parks, 6 miles of greenways, 11 community centers, numerous programs for youth, seniors and outdoor enthusiasts, a comprehensive athletics program, and many facilities that provide resources for a range of activities.

Message from the Director

The benefits of parks and recreation can be a walk in the woods. It can be the sense of exhilaration for the child who hits the ball with a bat for the very first time. It can be the positive feeling of exhaustion that volunteers feel at the end of the day. Or it might be the sense of connection people feel when gathered with others to enjoy a fireworks display. So, whether you are an avid participant or occasional observer of parks and recreation, enjoy the benefits. Explore the links in this section to learn more about the Asheville Parks & Recreation Department.

Contact Information

Asheville Parks & Recreation
Roderick Simmons, Director
Physical Address: Asheville City Hall, 70 Court Plaza, 4th Floor
Mailing Address: PO Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: 828-259-5800

Vision & Master Plan

The City of Asheville, North Carolina Parks, Recreation, Cultural Arts and Greenways Master Plan was completed in 2009, and was intended to help meet the needs of current and future residents by positioning Asheville to build on the community's unique parks and recreation assets and identify new opportunities. The citizen-driven plan establishes a clear direction to guide City staff, advisory committees, and elected officials in their efforts to enhance the community's parks, recreation and cultural arts programs, services and facilities.


City of Asheville, North Carolina Parks, Recreation, Cultural Arts and Greenways Master Plan (115 pages)
Executive Summary (57 pages)


Appendix I Demographics and Trends
Appendix II Focus Groups Summary
Appendix III Cost Recovery Pyramid Methodology
Appendix IV GRASP History and Methodology
Appendix V Asheville Park and Facility Inventory and GRASP A
Appendix VII Alternative Funding
Appendix VIII Sample Partnership Policy
Appendix IX Sample Sponsorship Policy
Appendix X Example Park Development Menu List and Walkability
Appendix XI Description of Parks


Map A: Asheville Regional
Perspective A: Neighborhood Access to Components
Perspective B: Walkable Access to Components
Perspective C: Neighborhood Access Indoor Facilities
Perspective D: Neighborhood Access Parks & Outdoor Facilities
Perspective E: Neighborhood Access Trails
Recommendation Map
Resource Map B: System Inventory Map
Resource Map C: Sub Area Map
Greenways Recommendation Map
2013 Greenway Master Plan Updates with Map

Equity Program

The Asheville Parks & Recreation Department has been working on equity, inclusion and diversity since 2011. Currently, three areas of work – Racial Equity, ADA and Gender Inclusion – are the focus. [ Learn more... ]

Request a Speaker

Staff members are available to speak to community groups on a variety of topics such as Park Planning and Development, Recreation Programs or Senior Programs. To request a speaker, call 828-259-5800 or email parks@ashevillenc.gov. To assist with scheduling, we ask that all requests be made at least one month prior to the meeting or event date. If you have a specific topic you would like the speaker to address, please note it in your request.

Helpful Links

City Fees & Charges
Online Activity Registration
Recreation Board
Staff Directory
Subscribe to the Asheville Parks & Recreation Monthly Newsletter

Additional Resources

Asheville Parks & Greenways Foundation
Asheville Parks & Recreation Department History
Blue Ridge Parkway
Buncombe County Parks & Recreation
Friends of the Nature Center National Park Service (North Carolina Parks)
National Recreation & Park Association
National Register of Historic Places North Carolina Recreation & Park Association
North Carolina State Parks