Grove Street Community Center closed for up to four weeks for HVAC system replacement

UPDATE 1/8/2024:

Grove Street Community Center’s HVAC replacement is complete and all scheduled programs will resume at the community center beginning on January 10, 2024. Please contact the center at 828-350-2062 with any additional questions.

Following a complete HVAC system failure, Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR)’s Grove Street Community Center is out of commission for up to four weeks while repairs take place. With the exception of changes noted below, Stephens-Lee Community Center will host all of Grove Street Community Center’s scheduled programs during the closure. 

APR staff will provide roundtrip shuttle transportation for Senior Congregate Dining from Grove Street to Stephens-Lee each Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Mountain Mobility will drop off and pick up their clients at Stephens-Lee.

“Grove Street Community Center is an important part of our local support system for older adults and city residents as a whole,” according to D. Tyrell McGirt, APR Director. “While unexpected, the APR team quickly sprung to action to continue services for community members who depend on vital programs that help them stay healthy and independent including meals and nutrition services, exercise and wellness opportunities, and social, educational, and recreational activities.”

Schedule Changes

  • The first session of a free six-week pottery class scheduled to begin Jan. 2 will begin Jan. 23 at Grove Street Community Center.

  • Indoor pickleball scheduled for Dec. 18 at Stephens-Lee Community Center will take place from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. instead of 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Grove Street Community Center

Grove Street Community Center is located on 36 Grove Street in downtown Asheville. It opened in 1971 as Senior Opportunity Center in a building constructed for the Employment Security Commission in 1959. Last year, Asheville City Council approved a name change to better reflect its expanded programming for all ages, though it retains a focus on older adults.

Asheville Parks & Recreation

With its oldest parks dating to the 1890s, Asheville Parks & Recreation manages a unique collection of more than 65 public parks, playgrounds, and open spaces throughout the city in a system that also includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, Riverside Cemetery, sports fields and courts, and community centers that offer a variety of wellness-, education-, and culture-related programs for Ashevillians of all ages. With 10 miles of paved greenways and numerous natural surface trails, its complete portfolio acts as the foundation of a vibrant hub for the people of Asheville to connect with their neighbors and explore the natural beauty of a livable and walkable city.

Driven by the promise that Asheville is a better and safer place when everyone from infants to retirees has the opportunity to be supported, healthy, and successful, Asheville Parks & Recreation was the first nationally-accredited municipal recreation department in the United States. For latest updates, sign up for Asheville Parks & Recreation’s monthly newsletter, follow the department on Facebook (@aprca) and Instagram (@ashevilleparksandrecreation), or visit