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Opened as the city’s center for amusement and outdoor activities in 1925, Recreation Park rests on the banks of the Swannanoa River in a sprawling complex that includes Western North Carolina Nature Center, Azalea Park, and John B. Lewis Soccer Complex.


  • Basketball courts
  • Off-street parking lot
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms (open April 15-October 31)
  • Swimming pool (seasonal)

Parties and Rentals

Park benches are available on a first come basis. To schedule ongoing use, add elements to the park (such as tents and inflatables), or host a special event, special permits may be required. Please contact Jon Fillman at or 828-259-5738.


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  • Basketball
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Playground
  • Unique Feature(s)

Location Type

  • Park
  • Pool

Location Information

65 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28805


Day Operating Hours
Sunday 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Monday 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am to 10:00 pm