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Asheville Parks & Recreation Department receives donation for new BuildOut program

    Asheville Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to announce a donation of $2,000 from the Asheville Homebuilders Association (AHBA) for the development of a new program called BuildOut. The program focuses on teaching youth basic building skills such as learning how to select appropriate materials and tools, best safety practices, and then completing a project [...]

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Richmond Hill Park bond project completed

Asheville Parks & Recreation is excited to announce the completion of another bond project that enriches the quality of life in our community.  Construction is complete on a new community picnic shelter and restroom facility at Richmond Hill Park, 280 Richmond Hill Drive.  Key features of this project include a covered picnic shelter, winterized restrooms, an [...]

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WNC Nature Center to reopen Oct. 5

  Pre-opening for members only begins Sept. 28   The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation department is very pleased to announce the reopening of the WNC Nature Center to the general public on Oct. 5.   Visitors will notice a few changes since their last visit. To ensure the safety of the public, staff, and the resident animals that [...]

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Bike skills park to be built at Richmond Hill Park

  Construction will soon begin on a new bike skills park located within Richmond Hill Park (see concept map and skills board below).   The project is a collaboration between the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department and Pisgah Area Southern Offroad Biking Association (Pisgah Area SORBA). This addition to the park is a natural surface [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation announces new AVLPARKS eSports league

    Unusual times call for innovative programming!  Whether you’re brand new to eSports or an experienced gamer, there’s a spot for you in Asheville Parks & Recreation’s brand new AVLPARKS eSports programs.  Every Monday through Friday, you’ll have a chance to compete against other local players in NBA2K, Madden 20, Fortnite or join our Rocket League.  [...]

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 Asheville Parks & Recreation offers youth football skills training

  Want to keep your young football player sharp during the time of no sports and social distancing?  Want to start developing skills for the future?  Asheville Parks & Recreation is offering a safe way to make that happen while keeping our community healthy.     We’re offering a Youth Football Skills Training program that includes drills and organized [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation receives $80,000 grant for community nutrition hub

  The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that Asheville Parks & Recreation has been awarded an $80,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for the development of a community nutrition hub at the Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.  This grant will help improve our community’s access to healthy [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation announces new virtual summer programs

    Don’t miss out on summer fun!  Even if traditional summer programs aren’t an option, you can still enjoy lots of great activities by going virtual.   Try Asheville Parks & Recreation’s new Virtual Summer Camp!  With plenty of activities designed specially for rising first-graders through rising ninth-graders, youth can join their friends online and have a great [...]

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City of Asheville announces Fourth of July holiday schedule

    In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, which is on a Saturday this year, City of Asheville offices will be closed July 3. ART bus service will operate on a reduced holiday schedule July 4. The Fourth of July holiday is one of six holidays throughout the calendar year that ART offers bus service. For [...]

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Fire damages affordable housing construction site and Aston Park Tennis Center

  On June 19, there was a fire at 360 Hilliard Ave. The location is the site of an affordable housing development under construction and slated to open later this year.    In June 2019, Asheville City Council voted to sell the land in support of an affordable housing mixed-income residential development. Local developer Kassinger Development Group [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation rolls out innovative 2020 summer programming

  The City of Asheville, in partnership with Buncombe County, continues to take proactive steps to keep our community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.   After reviewing guidelines from the CDC and State and local public health officials and the State’s preliminary plans for phased reopening, Asheville Parks & Recreation staff have made the difficult [...]

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Asheville pools and Splasheville closed for summer season

  The City of Asheville continues to monitor the most up-to-date information available from public health officials at the local, state and federal levels regarding COVID-19.  Based on the information provided to us, the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department has decided that it is in the best interest of our community for City of [...]

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Asheville SkatePark to close while plaza area is installed

  Improvements will begin at the Asheville SkatePark on June 8.  The building located inside the park will be demolished and removed and a new concrete plaza will be built in the cleared space. The project is planned to take approximately four weeks, depending on weather conditions. The skatepark will be closed for the duration of [...]

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City of Asheville to delay opening of swimming pools and Splasheville

    The City of Asheville, in partnership with Buncombe County, continues to take proactive steps to keep our community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.  In support of that effort, the opening of the three City of Asheville pools located at Recreation Park, Malvern Hills Park and Walton Street Park and Splasheville in Pack [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation postpones traditional summer camps until July 3, introduces ‘Rec n Roll’

  The City of Asheville, in partnership with Buncombe County, continues to take proactive steps to keep our community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.   After reviewing guidelines from the CDC and State and local public health officials and the State’s preliminary plans for phased reopening, Asheville Parks & Recreation staff have made the difficult [...]

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2020 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games cancelled

  The Asheville Parks & Recreation Department announced today that the 2020 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games, originally scheduled to begin in April then postponed to June, have officially been cancelled.     All registered participants will be issued a refund of their registration fees.  North Carolina State Games are tentatively scheduled for fall 2020 and all participants currently registered in [...]

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Asheville parks remain closed, Municipal Golf Course reopens, greenways and trails are open

Note: Originally published April 16, when the Asheville Municipal Golf Course was closed, this post has since been updated to reflect that the course has been reopened.   Being outside is good for everyone’s physical and emotional well-being, especially during these stressful times, but what is happening now in our public spaces is simply not safe.     In compliance [...]