Check out Asheville Parks & Recreation Festival of Frights!

A weeklong celebration of all things spooky! From haunted ‘castles’ to drive through trick or treating, Asheville Parks & Recreation has an event for all ages. Check them out – but don’t get scared!   Virtual Costume Contest It’s time for that spooky season, and the WNC Nature Center is celebrating with a virtual costume contest! Entering is easy – [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation adds space to park system, announces exploration of a partnership with Carolina Day School

During these extraordinary times, more and more Asheville-area residents are spending time in the great outdoors, often in public parks and recreational facilities. Today, the City of Asheville and Carolina Day School (CDS) announce two exciting initiatives that will positively impact the Asheville community: the purchase of land by the City of Asheville for a [...]

Playable art is coming to Jake Rusher Park; community is invited to virtually meet the artist

    Recent improvements to Jake Rusher Park in south Asheville will be complete with the installation of playable art in the late spring of 2022.    Becky Borlan, a Baltimore-based artist, has been selected by a review committee to design a playable art piece which will be placed in the park near [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation Fall Program Guide available

  Asheville Parks & Recreation announces that the Fall 2021 Program Guide is now available! The guide contains information on all the great programs the department offers between September 1 and December 31.     Programs include outdoor skills workshops, holiday events, exercise classes, card playing groups, field trips and much more.  There’s something for everyone from toddlers to [...]

Splasheville is open!

Asheville Parks & Recreation is excited to announce that Splasheville, Asheville’s interactive splashpad located in Pack Square Park, has reopened to the public! Splasheville has been undergoing a complete rebuild since spring.  In addition to replacing the fountain’s infrastructure, including new plumbing, wiring, grating, and tiles, the system has been upgraded with new spray patterns and [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation announces ribbon cutting for Jake Rusher Park

    Asheville Parks & Recreation is pleased to welcome the community to the newly renovated Jake Rusher Park!   A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. July 24 followed by fun, games and activities in the park until noon.    Extensive community input informed the improvements to the park. The upgrades include new parking, [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation announces fall athletic leagues

    Asheville Parks & Recreation has a great line-up of athletic programs for this fall.  It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or a novice, a kid or an adult, we have something for everyone.  Get off the couch and let’s play!   Register online for all of these programs at www.avlrec.com.   Summer Youth Basketball Tournament A [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation Director Roderick Simmons to retire, following many accomplishments and improvements to department

   Asheville Parks and Recreation Director Roderick Simmons will retire after 14 years with the City and 31 years in the parks and recreation profession. Peggy Rowe will serve as Interim Parks & Recreation Director while a search gets underway for his replacement.   Throughout his career, Simmons has taken an active role in innovative changes in the [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation launches virtual grand opening of Richmond Hill Park

      Asheville Parks & Recreation is pleased to share this virtual grand opening of Richmond Hill Park, a bond project completed with funding approved by Asheville voters in 2016. Additional funding and support was also received through a partnership with Pisgah Area SORBA (Southern Off-Road Biking Association) for the newly added [...]

Registration opens for 2021 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition

    Asheville Parks & Recreation is proud to present the 2021 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition in partnership with Buncombe County, the YMCA and Black Mountain Parks & Recreation.   The games will be held April 19 through May 19 and feature a hybrid format of both in-person and virtual events.  All in-person competitions will be [...]

Asheville Parks picnic shelter reservations reopen April 1

    Asheville Parks & Recreation is happy to announce that picnic shelter reservations will resume on April 1.  Rates begin at $40 per day and are available at 11 parks throughout the city.  All shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis unless reserved.  To reserve a shelter online, visit www.avlrec.com.   Under Gov. Roy [...]

Splasheville to undergo renovation

  The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department announces that Splasheville, the very popular interactive splashpad located in Pack Square Park, is getting an overhaul.  Work begins this week to replace the plumbing, wiring, control system and repair or replace the surface tiles and supporting gridwork.  Weather permitting, work is estimated to take approximately 10 [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation invites community to participate in food and nutrition survey

    In May 2020, Asheville Parks & Recreation was awarded a grant from the National Recreation and Parks Association, funded by the Walmart Foundation, for the development of a community nutrition hub at Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. The grant will help improve our community’s access to healthy foods, support [...]

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