Metropolis of Asheville Parks and Recreation releases its Winter-Spring program information for 2023

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Explore, connect and discover with Asheville Parks & Recreation in 2023

The start of the year is a great time for Ashevilians of all ages to explore, connect and discover. The new Winter-Spring Program Guide from Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) is filled with credentials, information and listings for hundreds of fitness and active living, sports and clubs, arts and culture programs, after-school activities, outdoor recreation , special events, opening hours of parks and facilities and more.

The free guide is available at all APR community centers and online as a PDF or enhanced digital flipbook. Community members can also download the APR app for iPhone or search for programs on avlREC.com.

“An integral part of a fulfilling life is a source of social connections and a sense of belonging,” says APR Director D. Tyrell McGirt. “APR is that resource for our city. Community is born at youth basketball practices and games, when children, parents and families come together to support local talent. Community is formed at neighborhood gatherings and social gatherings in safe spaces such as community centers and park shelters, where ideas are exchanged and friendships are formed. These opportunities are important to build community and a sense of belonging for all residents.”

Highlights of the Winter-Spring 2023 guide

  • Work out in fitness centers with a free membership (until June 30, 2023).

  • Walk, roll or run up to 50 miles during the Fit 50 Challenge in February and March and receive a free t-shirt.

  • In February, celebrate Black Legacy Month with food, arts and festivals across the city.

  • Meet neighbors at card games, board games, bingo, trivia contests, and community meals.

  • Get an up-close look at big trucks, small trucks, transit buses, construction equipment, rescue vehicles, and construction equipment during Truck City AVL on April 15.

  • Experience the fun, community, fitness, arts and competition of the Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Classic for local adults over 50.

  • Unleash your creativity with art, painting, writing, scrapbooking and craft classes.

  • Network with neighbors for sports like basketball, flag football, volleyball, pickleball, tennis and archery for kids, teens and adults.

  • Enjoy the honor of dirty hands with community gardening days and the Green Thumbs Garden Club in the Grove Street Community Center greenhouse.

  • Experience the power of gravity at the Montford Pinewood Derby in May.

  • Refine your square, tap, line, and West African dance skills at multiple venues.

  • 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.

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 @aprca and Instagram @ashevilleparksandrecreation or visit www.ashevillenc.gov/parks.