Recreation Centers

Recreation centers are located in neighborhoods throughout Asheville and offer programs and services for preschoolers through senior adults. Citizens can choose from classes, fitness, travel, sports, cultural art and a variety of summer programs designed just for kids.

Recreation Centers
Phone Number
Burton Street Center, 134 Burton St.
Shateisha Bowden, Facility Manager

Burton Street Center features an auditorium, game room, billiard room, arts and crafts room, a computer lab, a weight room and a kitchen. The park surrounding the center features two basketball courts, a playground and a play field.


East Asheville Center, 906 Tunnel Rd.

Jennifer Pickering, Executive Director of Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF)


Located in the Haw Creek community, the East Asheville Center is part of a complex housing the East Asheville Branch Library and a fire station. The center is currently managed by LEAF Community Arts as the base of operations for cultural arts programming and the mobile art lab. A large playground, picnic tables, grills and a basketball court are open to the public.


Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St.

Kimberly Zygmant, Facility Manager


Located in central Asheville, the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center is home to a variety of creative programs for all ages. The center features classrooms and an auditorium with a stage, and uses a geothermal HVAC system, skylights, and sports a living roof; it is the first facility constructed by the City of Asheville to be LEED Platinum certified.


Harvest House Recreation Center, 205 Kenilworth Rd.

Maxime Pierre, Facility Manager


Harvest House is located in the Kenilworth neighborhood of east Asheville and provides activities targeted to senior citizens. The center features pool tables, a loaning library, computer, and large and small multipurpose rooms. Several classrooms feature weaving, ceramics and a full-service woodshop.


Linwood Crump Shiloh Center, 121 Shiloh Rd.

Tameka Crudup, Facility Manager


The Linwood Crump Shiloh Center, located in south Asheville, offers a variety of activities for all ages. The center features a gymnasium, multi-purpose room, weight room and classrooms and is surrounded by Shiloh Park with a lighted ball field, basketball courts, tennis court, walking track and a playground.


Murphy-Oakley Recreation Center, 749 Fairview Rd.

Christine Murawski, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator


Murphy-Oakley Recreation Center is located in east Asheville, and is part of the complex housing the Oakley Branch Library and a fire station. This center is the home base for the Outdoor Recreation Programs. Murphy-Oakley Park is adjacent to the center featuring a playground, baseball field, tennis courts, basketball courts and a large picnic shelter.


North Asheville Community Center, 37 E. Larchmont Rd.

Dee Black, Program Manager


The North Asheville Community Center is a multipurpose center reserved for use by partner and affiliate groups. Call for a complete list of current groups and activities.


Senior Opportunity Center, 36 Grove St.

Kim Isley, Facility Manager


Located in downtown Asheville, the Senior Opportunity Center offers a variety of programs for senior citizens. Along with a multi-purpose area, the center features a greenhouse, craft and sewing room and a billiard room. The "Shining Seniors" Program provides a variety of activities and a hot, nutritious lunch Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. (reservations are required).

*There are restrictions as to who can be served a meal, which is sponsored in part by the Council on Aging. Interested persons should call the center for details.


Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.

Kim Kennedy, Facility Manager


The Stephens-Lee Recreation Center is located off S. Charlotte St. at Max Street. The center offers a wide variety of programs and classes for all ages, with special emphasis on wellness and fitness for women. The center features a gymnasium and fitness center with free weights, treadmills, recumbent bikes, StairMaster, elliptical machines, chest press multi-leg extension and multi-pull machine. “Women only” workout times are designed specifically for women by women. The park surrounding the center includes playgrounds, a basketball court and the Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Garden.


Tempie Avery Montford Center, 34 Pearson Dr.

Shana Kriewall, Facility Manager


Located in the heart of the Montford neighborhood, the Tempie Avery Montford Center features a climbing wall, gymnasium and two multi-purpose rooms. The center is surrounded by the Montford Complex with a playground, tennis court, lighted ball field and the Hazel B. Robinson Amphitheater.


West Asheville Community Center, 970 Haywood Rd.

Lori Long, Recreation Therapist


The West Asheville Community Center is located in the heart of West Asheville and is part of the complex housing a fire station and police resource center. The center includes a full service kitchen and a multi-purpose room. A playground and basketball court are adjacent to the center.


Center Rentals

Some centers are available to rent for your next big event, birthday party or family reunion. For more information, please contact the center directly.


Centers rely on volunteers to assist with many youth program activities such as academic tutoring, flag football, basketball and track. Volunteers are also needed as instructors for arts and crafts, music, dance and outdoor programs. For more information, please contact the center directly.