With its oldest parks dating to the 1890s, Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) manages a unique collection of more than 55 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, APR was the first nationally-accredited municipal recreation department in the United States.

Learn about current programs and activities by browsing the current APR program guide or searching parks and recreation programs online.

  • Find summer camps and activities for youth and teens
  • Find adult and senior programs
  • Reserve picnic shelters
  • Learn about special community events like bingo, Asheville festivals, and more




Contact Information

Asheville Parks & Recreation, parks@ashevillenc.gov828-259-5800