Recreation Park Pool opens on Saturday following repairs


Asheville Parks & Recreation today announced that resurfacing and other preventative repairs have been completed at Recreation Park Pool and it will open for the season on Saturday, June 11.


UPDATE 6/11/2022 – Recreation Park Pool is temporarily closed due to broken glass found in the water. The pool needs to be drained, pressure washed, and refilled. The pool should reopen by 6/18/2022.


Regular operating hours for the pool on 65 Gashes Creek Rd. are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, and 12-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Admission is $3 per person. Season passes are $100 for an individual or $150 for a family of up to four individuals.

“As someone who started my parks and recreation journey working at my community center pool, I commend the hard work of the team that worked diligently to make sure local families can start enjoying the summer at a public pool,” says D. Tyrell McGirt, Director of Asheville Parks & Recreation. “Operating two aging outdoor pools in our mountain climate is challenging, but we are driven by the knowledge that our neighbors are happier and healthier when they can enjoy an array of public recreation experiences that bring people together.”

As Recreation Park Pool prepared to open for the season, staff discovered an area of possible delamination which could lead to unsafe swimming conditions. Following a professional assessment, the area was repaired, water filled the pool, and Buncombe County health inspectors inspected the chemical balance of the pool. In all, the pool’s season has been shortened by just the first two weekends.

The current public pool in Recreation Park was built in 1970 to replace the original aquatic centerpiece that was open from 1925-1956. Asheville Parks & Recreation also operates Malvern Hills Pool and Splasheville, a popular splash pad in Pack Square Park. Malvern Hills Pool has yet to open for the season as staff actively work to replace deficient safety equipment.

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Asheville Parks & Recreation

Established in 1954, the Asheville Parks & Recreation Department 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 8 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 the latest updates, follow the department on Facebook @aprca and Instagram @ashevilleparksandrecreation or visit