Asheville Parks & Recreation Offers Free, Low-Cost Summer Entertainment Citywide

“Like many of you, I look back fondly on the fun memories made over the summers of my life meeting new friends at summer day camps, discovering new interests while exploring green spaces and trails. waterways in my neighborhood park and gaining professional experience working at my pool at the community center. So begins the welcome letter in Asheville Parks and RecreationDepartment Chair D. Tyrell McGirt Summer Program Guide.

The free guide, available online and to any city Community centers, includes listings of fitness and active living opportunities, sports and clubs, arts and culture programs, outdoor recreation, park and facility hours, and more. Community members can also download the avlREC app for iPhone or search for programs on

Summer Guide Highlights

  • Catch favorites like Space Jam: A New Legacy, Jungle Cruiseand Honey, I reduced the children to movies in the park the second Friday of each month at Pack Square Park.
  • Ride in the summer evenings during Skate nights at Carrier Park.
  • Earn prizes by tracking time spent outdoors with the 100 hours out competition, a partnership with the 1000 hours outside project.
  • Have fun with neighbors, family members and friends during neighborhood parties at Burton Street, Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside, Linwood Crump Shiloh and Stephens-Lee Community Centers with music, games, food and more.
  • Enjoy indoor basketball and pickleball at Stephens-Lee and Linwood Crump Shiloh community centers to beat the heat or escape the summer storms. Both locations also offer free fitness center memberships with access to free weights, exercise machines, and cardio equipment.
  • Older people are more likely to day trips, group meals, games, crafts, fitness and dance classes by Harvest House, Senior Opportunity, Linwood Crump Shiloh and Burton Street Community Centers.
  • Toddlers can show off their athleticism (or try to stay focused, at least) when the toddler triathlon returns to Pack Square Park on August 7.

Note: All Asheville Parks & Recreation summer camps are full this year. Some activities or individual events may be canceled or postponed due to bad weather. When programs that have a cost associated with them are canceled, customers receive a refund.

Asheville Parks and Recreation

Created in 1954, the Asheville Parks and Recreationn Department manages a unique collection of more than 65 public parks, playgrounds and open spaces across the city in a system that also includes comprehensive recreation centers, swimming pools, the Riverside Cemetery, sports fields and fields, and community centers which offer a variety of wellness, educational and cultural programs for Ashevillians of all ages. With 8 miles of paved greenways and numerous natural surface trails, its comprehensive portfolio acts as the foundation of a vibrant center allowing Asheville residents to connect with their neighbors and explore a city’s natural beauty. habitable and pedestrian.

Driven by the promise that Asheville is a better, safer place where everyone, from infants to retirees, has the opportunity to be supported, healthy and prosperous, Asheville Parks & Recreation was the first municipal recreation service nationally accredited in the United States. For the latest updates, follow the department on Facebook @aprca and Instagram @ashevilleparksandrecreation or visit

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