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Did you know that Asheville Parks and Recreation offers a variety of afterschool programs for youth and teens? Monday through Friday, 2:45-6:00 pm, youth have the opportunity to attend a NC-licensed childcare program at Vance Elementary, or attend a recreational based Afternoon Adventures program at one of our local Recreation Centers. We also offer leadership programming for teens 3:30-6:00 pm. Check out the link below for listings and pricing! Registration is now open.  To register, contact your local recreation center.  DOWNLOAD A LIST OF ALL AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS HERE.

Burton Street Center
134 Burton Street
Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside
285 Livingston Street
Linwood Crump Shiloh Center
121 Shiloh Road
Montford Recreation Center
34 Pearson Drive
Stephens–Lee Center
30 George Washington Carver
Vance Elementary School
98 Sulphur Springs Road


Our newest guide contains information about all the programs we offer between now and the end of the year, including our school days out programs, holiday happenings, outdoor adventures, special events and much more.  Find out what’s happening at the WNC Nature Center or Aston Park Tennis Center!  Check out the Doggie Dip, Fun Day Out, Adult Outdoor programs, and our newest line-up of toddler programs.  Pick up a copy at any of our Centers, City Hall, the Visitors' Center or download it here!


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Asheville Parks and Recreation presents the 2017 season of Movies in the Park, a FREE event series in Pack Square Park. Children’s craft activities begin at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk on a giant outdoor screen on the Pack Square Park stage. Films are rated PG or PG-13 and snack food will be available for purchase. Bring your chairs or a blanket and come out for crafts, a movie under the stars, and an evening of fun. 
Friday, May 12:  Back to The Future 
Friday, June 9:  Sing
Friday, July 14:  Up 
Friday, August 11:  Moana
Friday, September 15:  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Sunday, September 10
Recreation Park Pool, 12Noon

We're happy to announce the 4th Annual Doggie Dip dog swim, a partnership with our friends at the Asheville Humane Society!   It will be held at Recreation Park Pool, 65 Gashes Creek, on Sunday, September 10 from 12noon to 5pm. Dogs 35 pounds and under swim from 12 noon until 2 pm.  Dogs from 36 pounds and over swim from 2:30 to 5 pm. Cost is $5 per dog including one handler through September 9 and $10 per dog & handler the day of the event. Admission for spectators is only $1. The event is rain or shine, but will be canceled in the event of lightning.  You’ll need your vet records to show that your pooch is current on vaccinations and has been spayed or neutered.  For more information, contact Candy Hensley Shaw at 828-259-5826 or  
To register, download the registration form and mail it to:
Asheville Parks & Recreation
72 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, NC  28805 


We're causing a lot of dust at Carrier Park!  Phase 2 of improvements to one of Asheville's favorite parks includes tearing out the track and regrading, rebuilding, and repaving a new one.  We're also reworking the drainage system to improve usage of the park after rains. So for now, the track is closed, but the interior of the park is still accessible via the pedestrian bridge.  Basketball, volleyball, inline hockey and the playground are all still available during this phase of construction.  This phase is scheduled to be completed by the end of November. The next phase of improvements at this park will include a rebuilding of the lawn bowling court located between the track and the picnic shelter area.  We'll keep you posted!


A new fall session of toddler programs is about to begin at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center. Programs this fall include Bilingual Baby, Sporties for Shorties, Tykes on Bikes, Tumbling Tuesdays, and Tiny Tykes.  Classes begin September 11 and preregistration is required, so don't miss out - get you and your little one signed up today by clicking here!