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.
Information about athletics programs offered by the City of Asheville.
Explore an interactive map of the City's greenways and learn how to use them for your recreation and transportation enjoyment.
Hours and information about pools and Splashville, Asheville's interactive splash play fountain.
Find parks and facilities near you. Search by location or amenity, or view a list of centers and parks.
Search upcoming events and reserve a spot when space is limited.
Learn about and enroll in therapeutic programs like adaptive bowling, inclusive football, or cooking.
Learn about adult and senior programs and how to enroll.
Learn about and enroll in teen programs like afterschool care, teacher work day programs, camps, and athletics.
Learn about and enroll in enriching toddler programs such as arts, music, and sign-language.
View parks and recreation shelters that can be reserved and make a reservation.
Learn about the City's youth programs, including afterschool, camps, teacher workday programs, athletics, art and music, and more!
Parks and Recreation News
We are still over the moon about the Red Panda Exhibit that opened at the WNC Nature Center on Valentine’s Day this year. Our pair of red pandas came to the WNC Nature Center from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. The female, Leafa, is 10 years old and the male, Phoenix, is 7. […]
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 […]
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 […]