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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 [...]

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City of Asheville parks close as part of Stay Home, Stay Safe declaration

    In compliance with the Stay Home, Stay Safe declaration issued by Buncombe County on March 25, effective immediately all City of Asheville parks, including dog parks, playgrounds, and outdoor courts, are closed until further notice.  Failure to comply with the Buncombe County Stay Home/Stay Safe declaration is punishable as a Class [...]

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Postponed: Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition

  Update: This event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Asheville Parks & Recreation is proud to present the 2020 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition, in partnership with the YMCA and Black Mountain Parks & Recreation.   Winners in each event qualify for the North Carolina State Games and winners at the state level qualify [...]

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Spend spring break with Asheville Parks & Recreation

  Registration is open now for Asheville Parks & Recreation spring break camps. Here is a look at the variety of selection.   Spring Break Basketball Camp April 6-10 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Location: Linwood Crump Shiloh Center Fee: $25, and it includes a T-shirt. This basketball camp is designed for girls and boys age 12 to 16 to sharpen fundamental, [...]

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ART bus service to resume at 8 a.m., City government offices to open at 10 a.m.

  Asheville City government offices and facilities will open on a delayed schedule, at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, due to the potential for black ice on our roads.  ART bus service will resume at 8 a.m. Friday. Asheville Parks & Recreation Fun Day Out programs will open at 10 a.m. Friday at Stephens Lee, Vance and Montford [...]

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Jake Rusher Park Improvements to begin this spring

  South Asheville residents can look forward to improvements at Jake Rusher Park this year as the Jake Rusher Park bond project moves into the construction phase. At their Feb. 11 meeting, the Asheville City Council authorized the City Manager to move forward with a $975,274 construction contract with Carolina Specialties Construction, a Hendersonville-based company. Located at 160 [...]

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Celebrate Black History Month with Asheville Parks and Recreation movies, discussions and dinners

  In recognition of Black History Month this February, Asheville Parks and Recreation is producing a number of programs at community centers across the city.  All events are free and open to the public.   Feb. 7, 6 to 8 p.m.: Community Movie Night screening of “Selma” Location:  Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St. Contact: 828-259-5483 or [...]

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Asheville residents invited to provide comment on pickleball courts

  The City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department invites the community to provide their comments on a concept for designated pickleball courts at Recreation Park.  A drop-in public meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave., Asheville.  Anyone interested in the proposed [...]

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WNC Nature Center sets record attendance in 2019

  2019 was an exciting year for the WNC Nature Center!   In February, a ribbon cutting highlighted a new exhibit and the introduction of two new residents — red pandas named Leafa and Phoenix, who stole the hearts of everyone who attended the event on Valentine’s Day. They are the first species to be introduced as part [...]

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Asheville 2019 in review: Electric buses, election format, red pandas and more

  With 2019 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 initiatives that your City government advanced in 2019. Read about the Asheville Police Department’s accomplishments for 2019 at this link. We’ll have 2020 initiatives to look [...]

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Asheville Parks & Recreation announces Holiday Camp for children and teens

  Spend your holidays with us!  Asheville Parks & Recreation will hold its annual Holiday Camp for youth and teens in grades kindergarten through middle school. Camps are located at the Tempie Avery Montford Center, 34 Pearson Drive, and Stephens-Lee Community Center. 30 George Washington Carver Ave.     Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 23, [...]

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WNC Nature Center to host Winter’s Tail holiday celebration

  Join us for the WNC Nature Center’s annual holiday celebration: A Winter’s Tail!  This merry event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14.   There will be festive crafts, games and of course, animal programs!   Activities will include: Photos with Santa (Noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m.) Animal enrichment programs, including a special unveiling [...]

City of Asheville offices close for Thanksgiving holiday

    ART bus service suspended on Thanksgiving Day as well   Asheville City government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is a roundup of City service holiday schedules.   ART bus service ART bus service will be suspended Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Thanksgiving is [...]