Asheville Parks & Recreation has lots for locals in July

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July may be a popular month to get out of town for a summer vacation, but Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) has plenty to experience close to home for little to no cost.

Find highlights below and check out these resources for more programs and activities including free games and clubs, exercise and sports, and arts and crafts throughout the month:


Get Sporty

  • a yellow moon appearing to fall into a basketball goalJoin local picklers for Pickleball Summer Slam, a night of open play followed by a friendly single-elimination tournament on July 6 at 6 p.m. in Murphy-Oakley Park.
  • Learn an exciting leisure activity at Carrier Park during a lawn bowling clinic at 1 p.m. on July 15.
  • Midnight Basketball returns to Carrier Park for teens and adults on July 15 at 8 p.m.
  • On July 22, the Carrier Cup is three tournaments in one day. Assemble your team for cornhole at 10:15 a.m., kanjam at 11:30 a.m., and spikeball at 12:45 p.m.
  • Registration opens July 3 for popular co-ed and men’s adult softball leagues with games starting August 14.


For Teens & Kids

  • Discuss current topics, learn to tie a necktie, and focus on the basics of caring for yourself at the monthly Shiloh Young Men’s Group at Linwood Crump Shiloh Center on July 12 at 6 p.m. For more information, call (828) 274-7739.
  • Tempie Avery Montford Center hosts a monthly electronic gaming night with snacks and drinks on July 21. Advance registration is required.
  • A new program at Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center to build wrestling skills starts July 17 with separate sessions for 6-12 year-olds and 13-16 year-olds. $10 registration includes three training sessions per week for four weeks.
  • Pop-up events bring Imagination Monday and Splash into Summer to parks around the city throughout the month.


Make it Outdoors

  • Strap on your quads or inlines for Community Skate Night at Carrier Park on July 7 at 6 p.m.
  • Newbies and experienced players can play Cribbage in the Park at West Asheville Park on July 11 at 5 p.m.
  • Experience Top Gun: Maverick under the night sky in Pack Square Park during the monthly Movies in the Park series on July 14 at 8 p.m.
  • Adults over 50 are invited to Murphy-Oakley Park for Seniors in the Park on July 27 at 11 a.m. Each month, the Grove Street Center team brings music, games, and lunch to a different park. Call (828) 350-2062 to register.


These are just highlights of under-the-radar fun for little to no cost. If you don’t want to miss a moment, sign up for Asheville Parks & Recreation’s monthly newsletter or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.