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Known as the Castle on the Hill, Stephens-Lee High School opened in 1923 and was for many decades western North Carolina’s only secondary school for Black students. The gymnasium was converted to a community center in the 1970s.

Indoor Features

  • Computer access
  • Fitness center
  • Gymnasium marked for basketball, pickleball, and volleyball
  • Meeting rooms
  • Multipurpose room
  • Restrooms

Outdoor Features

  • Basketball court
  • Community garden
  • Edible orchard
  • Off-street parking lot
  • Picnic tables
  • Playgrounds (two)

Activities, Classes, and Events

Parties and Rentals

Looking for an affordable indoor location for your next party, reunion, baby shower, retreat, or celebration? Reserve the multipurpose room for $25 per hour (required $100 security deposit refunded after rental) online or by calling the center at 828-350-2058.


Learn more about the community-guided process to bring the community center to life by reading Park Views: Stephens-Lee Community Center.


  • Basketball
  • Pickleball
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Unique Feature(s)
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Location Type

  • Community Center
  • Park

Location Information

30 George Washington Carver Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 350-2058

Day Operating Hours
Sunday 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm