What we do

Open spaces, parks, recreation and cultural arts provide opportunities for living, learning and leading a full and productive life. Parks and recreation benefit individuals and neighborhoods while having a positive impact on economic growth and environmental preservation. The Asheville Parks & Recreation Department maintains 54 public parks, 6 miles of greenways, 11 community centers, numerous programs for youth, seniors and outdoor enthusiasts, a comprehensive athletics program, and many facilities that provide resources for a range of activities.

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Athletics

Information about athletics programs offered by the City of Asheville.

Enjoy greenways

Explore an interactive map of the City's greenways and learn how to use them for your recreation and transportation enjoyment.

Community Events

Search upcoming events and reserve a spot when space is limited.

Register for teen programs

Learn about and enroll in teen programs like afterschool care, teacher work day programs, camps, and athletics.

Register for youth programs

Learn about the City's youth programs, including afterschool, camps, teacher workday programs, athletics, art and music, and more!

Parks and Recreation News

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WNC Nature Center welcomes new red wolves

As part of its Species Survival Plan (SSP) program, the WNC Nature Center recently welcomed two new red wolves to Asheville. At the same time, two other red wolves formerly in residence at the center have transitioned to another facility in the hope that the move will promote their breeding.   The red wolves at […]

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Asheville 2018 in review: New leadership, APD data releases, bond projects advance and more

  With 2018 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 topics that your City government advanced in 2018. We’ll have 2019 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1.   Debra Campbell becomes Asheville City Manager The search for […]