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Following multiple in-person and online engagement opportunities last summer and fall, Asheville Parks & Recreation announced additional feedback workshops and a survey for Recreate Asheville: Shaping Our City’s Parks, a community-driven comprehensive plan to guide the City of Ashevlle’s parks and recreation decisions for the next 10-15 years. 

During the City of Asheville’s Environment and Safety Committee meeting on February 27, APR shared an update on the months-long planning process and a summary of information learned during a community needs assessment period that included a statistically valid survey mailed to homes throughout the city, an online survey, in-person workshops and engagement events, focus group meetings, and stakeholder discussions.

Upcoming Feedback Opportunities

  • March 27-April 15
  • March 27 at 6 p.m.
  • March 28 from 7-11 a.m.
    • Stephens-Lee Community Center on 30 George Washington Carver Avenue
    • Drop-in open house community meeting with the opportunity to stay as little or as long as your schedule allows to participate in hands-on budgeting activities and speak directly with City of Asheville staff
  • Additional opportunities in April will be announced on the City of Asheville’s website as they are confirmed.
  • APR team members are also happy to attend virtual or in-person meetings of Asheville’s neighborhood organizations to discuss the plan in greater detail.

What happens next?

Feedback during this phase will be incorporated with feedback from the previous community needs assessment period to develop a strategic action plan. Community members then have an additional period (tentatively scheduled from May 20-June 2) to review and comment on the drafted plan.

What is Recreate Asheville: Shaping Our City’s Parks?

Recreate Asheville: Shaping Our City’s Parks is a community-built comprehensive plan to guide long-range planning, address service gaps, and identify opportunities for improvements. It is a visionary document that sets the values and goals for systemwide investments and a framework to guide future investments in recreation programs and spaces. 

It is not an operations model or financial budget, though it is a method to inform capital expenditures. The Recreate Asheville plan does not contain detailed design proposals for specific neighborhoods, parks, or facilities.




Where are Asheville’s public parks, greenways, and community centers? Use APR Finder to search based on locations and features.



african american children and young girl in wheelchair playing on playgroundIt’s impossible to imagine Asheville without public spaces like Walton Street Park, Carrier Park, Reed Creek Greenway, Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, and Pack Square. The city’s unique parks, greenways, and recreation complexes are where the community connects and makes memories. 

Help unlock the power of our community by building Recreate Asheville: Shaping Our City’s Parks, a plan to guide recreation programs, sports and leisure spaces, and parks for future generations. This is an important opportunity for Ashevillians to create a long-term vision and help inform how projects are prioritized to meet the modern needs of our city – from major improvements to existing parks (beyond just maintenance and repairs) to strategies that use recreation programs to build stronger neighborhoods.

Recreate Asheville will serve as a road map for the next 10 years to connect, fix, build, and preserve recreation programs and parkland. Building the plan takes collaboration and community input. There will be plenty of opportunities to share ideas and discuss recommendations with neighbors, so sign up for the APR monthly newsletter to stay in the know.


What is a city park or community center?

Great question! Recreate Asheville provides guidance for APR, a department of the City of Asheville

While some private parks like Beaver Lake and Botanical Gardens at Asheville allow public access, they’re not managed by APR. Ditto for state and federal lands like Thomas Wolfe Memorial or Bent Creek Experimental Forest, as well as Buncombe County parks inside city limits like Hominy Creek River Park. It also won’t cover private organizations like country clubs or YMCA centers.

Use APR Finder to explore parks, playgrounds, greenways, and open areas in the APR system.


What are Asheville Parks & Recreation’s current programs?

With multiple full-complex recreation centers, sports fields and courts, and parks throughout the city, there are hundreds of wellness, education, and culture enrichment opportunities for people of all ages every month.

Check out the current APR Program Guide and never be bored again.


Community Engagement Events

Community input drives Recreate Asheville, so we want to hear from YOU! Watch for APR team members at festivals, events, and public workshops around the city or stop by a community center to find out more about the process. The list below is not exhaustive.



  • March 27: Virtual Meeting
  • March 28: Drop-in Community Workshop

Current Project Timeline


  • March 28: City Council unanimously adopts resolution authorizing City Manager to execute a contract with Design Workshop for development of a comprehensive parks and recreation master plan
  • May-July: Design Workshop and APR collaborate on community needs assessment process
  • August: Focus group meetings and stakeholder discussions
  • September 26-November 20: Citywide survey and public workshops, meetings, and discussions
  • December 2023-March 2024: Draft plan recommendations


  • March: Data from statistically valid survey mailed to homes throughout the city, online survey, in-person workshops and engagement events, focus group meetings, and stakeholder discussions share with the community for feedback
  • April-May: Strategic action plan development
  • June: Community-created Recreate Asheville: Shaping Our City’s Parks published


Supporting Documents


Contact Information

Asheville Parks & Recreation, parks@ashevillenc.gov, 828-259-5800

Start Date

March 2023

Completion Date

June 2024

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