Celebrate Year of the Trail on Take a Walk Outdoors Day, January 20

Are you ready for the Year of the Trail, a celebration of North Carolina’s vast and diverse collection trails encouraging all of us to recognize our role as champions of these special resources? With events throughout 2023 in all 100 counties, the initiative is strengthened by communities like Asheville joining the effort [...]

Stay motivated with the APR Fit 50 community challenge

If tracking your progress motivates you, register for Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR)’s free Fit 50 Challenge. The city-wide celebration has community members completing 50 miles between Feb. 1-April 1 by walking, running, or rolling.  Top finishers by total mileage receive prizes including an Apple Watch and AirPods. The first [...]

Park Views: A Brief History of Asheville’s Public Parks

Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) manages a unique and evolving collection of parks, playgrounds, and open spaces throughout the city in a system that also includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, greenways, sports fields and courts, resting areas, and community centers that offer a variety of programs for Ashevillians of all ages. [...]

City of Asheville Parks and Recreation releases its Winter-Spring program guide for 2023

Asheville Parks and Rec's new winter-spring program guide is filled with registration dates, information, and listings for hundreds of fitness and active living offerings, sports and clubs, arts and culture programs, out-of-school time activities, outdoor recreation, special events, parks and facilities’ hours of operation, and more.

Wellness Wednesday: Pick the right resolution for the best chance of success

If you’re making a New Year’s resolution, you’re not alone. Anyone who’s ever been to one of Asheville Parks & Recreation’s fitness centers during the first couple of months of the year has witnessed the arrival of “resoluters” thin by the week.  Limited research concludes somewhere between 9-12 percent of those who set a resolution [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Stay organized at work

You’re rushing to get out the door, but can’t find your keys. Or your water bottle. Or something else that was just in your hand. Does this common scenario sound familiar? After months of staying close to home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many people emerged more organized than ever before. For those who’ve been [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation warms up December with celebrations for kids, families, and older adults

As the magic of the holidays comes to the mountains, Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) has plenty of fun, festive celebrations to make the season merry and bright for the young and young-at-heart during Holly Jolly Holidays from December 2-16. Space is limited, so advance registration is strongly recommended even if an event [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Develop an attitude of gratitude

As Thanksgiving Day arrives, many people start thinking about the word thanksgiving. It means the act of expressing grateful appreciation or thankfully reflecting on gifts, situations, or people that have brought benefits to your quality of life. Essentially, it’s an affirmation of goodness. Although it’s endearing to nostalgically think back on sources of goodness, expressing gratitude [...]

Dual lines to be added at all public outdoor racquet sports courts as short-term solution to support local growth of pickleball and tennis

Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) today announced all outdoor hard surface public tennis courts maintained by the City of Asheville will become dual-lined, converting them to shared use courts to support local growth of pickleball and tennis. This plan preserves APR’s inventory of 11 public tennis courts and increases public pickleball courts [...]

City of Asheville offices closed for Veterans Day, ART buses to run on regular schedule

In observance of Veterans Day, the City of Asheville offices will be closed Friday, November 11, 2022. The City of Asheville and partner agencies will honor our local Veterans during a Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11. The in-person ceremony will take place Friday, November 11, 2022,  11 a.m. at Charles George VA Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville.

Free presentation of Te Ata at Burton St. Community Center highlights Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is celebrated each November to provide a platform for Native people in the United States to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life. As part of this reminder to study the history of the nation and highlight the great diversity Native people [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation hosts Flapjacks & Feedback to share Walton Street Park updates

Southside residents and regular Walton Street Park visitors are invited to a free pancake breakfast to share thoughts on design preferences for the park’s facelift. Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) team members will be on hand with surveys and information during Flapjacks & Feedback on Saturday, November 12, from 10:30 a.m. until [...]

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