Asheville Parks & Recreation presents free and low-cost summer season enjoyable all through the town


“Like many of you, I enjoy looking back at fun memories I’ve made over the summers of my life as I met new friends at summer day camps, discovered new interests by exploring the green spaces and waterways at my local neighborhood park, and professional experiences at work my community center pool was raising.” So begins the welcome letter Asheville Parks & Recreation‘s Summer Program Guide by Department Director D. Tyrell McGirt.

The free guide Available online and city in general community centers, includes entries for fitness and active life opportunities, sports and clubs, arts and culture programs, outdoor recreation, park and facility hours of operation, and more. Community members can also download the avlREC app for iPhone or search programs

Summer Guide Highlights

  • Catch favorites like Space Jam: A New Legacy, jungle cruiseand Honey, I shrunk the kids at Movies in the Park on the second Friday of the month at Pack Square Park.
  • Roll through summer evenings during Skate nights at Carrier Park.
  • Win prizes by tracking time outdoors 100 hours outside Competition, a partnership with the 1000 Hours Outdoors project.
  • Have fun with neighbors, family members and friends during block parties on Burton Street, Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside, Linwood Crump Shiloh and Stephens-Lee Community Centers featuring music, games, food and more.
  • Enjoy Indoor basketball and pickleball at Stephens-Lee and Linwood Crump Shiloh community centers to brave the heat or escape summer storms. Both locations also offer Free fitness center membership with access to free weights, exercise machines and cardio equipment.
  • Older adults have many opportunities for Day trips, group meals, games, crafts, and fitness and dance classes through Harvest House, Senior Opportunity, Linwood Crump Shiloh and Burton Street Community Centers.
  • Toddlers can show off their athleticism (or at least try to stay focused) when the Tiny Tykes Triathlon returns to Pack Square Park on August 7th.

Note: All Asheville Parks & Recreation summer camps are sold out this year. Some individual activities or events may be canceled or postponed due to inclement weather. If programs that incur costs are canceled, customers will receive a refund.

Asheville Parks & Recreation

Founded in 1954, the Asheville Parks & 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 fully-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, the Riverside Cemetery, athletic fields and fields, and community centers that offer a variety of wellness, Educational and cultural programs for Ashevilians of all ages. With 8 miles of paved greenways and numerous natural surface trails, the entire portfolio acts as the foundation of a vibrant center for Asheville residents 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, safer place where everyone from infants to retirees has opportunities to be supported, healthy and prosper, Asheville Parks & Recreation was the first federally recognized municipal recreation division in the United States states. For the latest updates, follow the department on Facebook @aprka and Instagram @ashevilleparksandrecreation or visit