Discover, join, and uncover with Asheville Parks & Recreation this fall


Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) is constantly changing and evolving like the community it serves. In accordance with Asheville City Council Vision 2036 and current strategic priorities, the department focuses on improving core services, neighborhood resilience, and improving public safety. APR’s Fall Program Guide reflects the department’s direction with a strong focus on community-focused, neighborhood-level recreational experiences, with listings for fitness and active living opportunities, sports and clubs, arts and culture programs, outdoor recreation, parks, facility hours of operation, and more .

The free guide is available in all cities community centers and online as pdf or advanced digital flip book. Community members can also download the APR app for iPhone or search programs

“Autumn was always a new beginning for me,” he says APR Director D Tyrell McGirt. “It’s the start of a new school year for local students and a new fiscal year for our department. As you explore the new guide, you’ll see some of the best tools we have to foster a resilient, safe, and healthy community, the quality programs, and diverse activities taking place in our community centers and park systems. I invite you to explore the beauty of our city this season at a neighborhood park, open space, or trail near you. Enjoy the older adult fitness facilities at Harvest House, go bowling with our Therapeutic Recreation Program, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Burton Street Community Center, or attend adult flag football.”

Community members can show their support for their local parks, community centers and recreation programs by placing a free APR sticker on their bikes, vehicles and water bottles. The limited edition, retro-inspired decal is available to anyone who signs up for and participates in an activity or program this season.

Autumn Guide Highlights

  • Find out what a dink shot is Pickleball Beginner Clinics on the third Friday of the month at the Stephens-Lee Community Center.
  • Meanwhile, teens and young adults can throw hoops, listen to music, play games, lift weights, relax, or do just about anything they want at the Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center Teen Takeover on Wednesday evenings from October 12th to November 9th.
  • Experience spooky and crazy thrills at Festival of Horrors‘ Haunted Castle on the Hill, Halloween Skate Spooktacular, Greenhouse of Horror and more.
  • Meanwhile, roll to the beat at Carrier Park skate nights on the second and fourth Friday of the month.
  • Discover Climb on the interior wall of the Tempie Avery Montford Community Center.
  • Connect with neighbors through sports such as Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Flag Football, Volleyball and Billiards for children, young people and adults.
  • Meanwhile, win a cash prize of $500 Midnight Madness Basketball 3v3 on October 15th.
  • Man and young girl at the dining tableReady for a feast? Go to Burton Street Community Center Celebration of Hispanic Heritage on October 21st.
  • refine Square, Tap, Line and West African Dance Skills in multiple locations.
  • Discover talent in Arts, woodworking, weaving and sculpture housed in community centers.
  • exercise at fitness center with a free membership (until June 30, 2023).
  • And so much more!

Note: 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 1956, 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 hub 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