Asheville Parks and Recreation maintains 54 public parks, 6 miles of greenways, 11 community centers, numerous programs for youth, seniors and outdoor enthusiasts, a comprehensive athletic program and many facilities that provide resources for a range of activities. Enjoy the public parks of Asheville during your visit! Here are a few to check out:
Pack Square: Read more about Pack Square Park in the middle of downtown.
Beaver Lake: Take a stroll by this small lake in North Asheville at this great bird watching sanctuary. Read about Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary.
Aston Park Tennis Center is one of the finest public clay court facilities in the United States. There are 12 lighted clay courts designed and constructed of the Har Tru Fast Dry clay court material. The center is open to the public. Court reservations are encouraged. Walk-ins are accepted whenever possible. Courts may be reserved no more than 7 days in advance. To reserve courts, call the Tennis Center at 828-251-4074. Aston Park Tennis Center supports the work of Asheville Tennis Association and the partnership to conduct tennis programs for juniors and adults.
French Broad River Park: This beautiful park in West Asheville meanders alongside the tranquil French Broad River, and features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, a paved greenway for biking and walking, a gazebo, picnic tables and grills, an observation deck, and a small playground. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in area made for exercising and socializing your pooch! (See more pet-friendly Asheville.) Located at Amboy Rd. and Riverview Dr. in west Asheville. To reserve the gazebo, go to the Asheville Parks web site. Adjacent is Carrier Park.
Food Lion Skatepark is 17,000 square feet of skateboard excitement located at the corner of Flint and Cherry St. in downtown Asheville across I-240 from the Civic Center. Designed and built by Team Pain, Food Lion SkatePark is a unique concrete park with three distinctive areas in the beginner bowl, intermediate street course and an advanced vertical bowl.
Montford Climbing Wall offers 12 top roped routes and plenty of bouldering to challenge all levels of climbers. A variety of classes and special group packages are available. Located at the Montford Center, 34 Pearson Dr.
Asheville Municipal Golf Course is one of the oldest golf courses in Western North Carolina. The 18-hole golf course designed by Hall of Fame golf architect Donald Ross opened for play in 1927. Call 828-298-1867 for tee times. As in all of Ross's courses, it was designed to be challenging as well as fun. The par 36 front nine, measuring 3,246 yards from the back tees, features a flat, wide-open course allowing the use of a driver on every hole. The 3,194-yard back nine has narrow fairways and also plays to a par 36. Accuracy instead of distance is required for the best score on the back nine. The course rating from the white tees is 69.0, and from the blue tees it is 71.1. The course is open daily to the general public, weather permitting. Tee times are required. Rental clubs are available. The clubhouse features a pro shop and a concession area. Memberships are available for individuals, families, juniors and seniors. Go to their web site.
Carrier Park is one of Asheville's premier parks (near French Broad River Park) and offers volleyball courts, a giant playground, a roller-hockey rink, a basketball court, a multi-use track, a lawn bowling court, a paved trail and a multi-use sports field for baseball and soccer. It also includes a picnic pavilion, river overlooks, a wetland interpretive and education area, and more trails. The French Broad River Greenway Extension, a 2.8-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail that connects Carrier Park to Hominy Creek Park in West Asheville has on-road and off-road sections and winds along the north bank of the French Broad River, providing pastoral views of the historic Biltmore estate. Located on Amboy Road and Michigan Avenue in west Asheville.
Azalea Park along the Swannanoa River on Azalea Road in east Asheville has soccer fields and a picnic shelter. Once complete, the park will feature 155-acres of open green space for relaxation, recreation and enjoyment of nature. To reserve a field, go to the Asheville Parks web site.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Park: Centrally located in downtown Asheville, this park pays homage to a great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a life-size memorial statue set in a landscaped courtyard. The park includes a lighted ballfield with concession, restrooms, a playground, picnic tables and grills, and a picnic shelter. The park is located off Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in central Asheville. To reserve the ballfield, go to the Asheville Parks web site
Richmond Hill Park is Asheville's largest wooded city park. At 183 forested, hilly acres, this park is unique and irreplaceable. It connects the French Broad River and its adjoining wetland complex with the drier woods of the uplands. Its strength is its size, as this park caters to a wide variety of outdoor activities such as disc golf, mountain biking, hiking, jogging, dog walking, bird watching and just seeking serenity. The Richmond Hill Disc Golf Course is a heavily wooded course with elevation changes in abundance. A full 18 holes are available for play. Installed in 2001, this course was designed with the serious player in mind. The primary tee box placement is set for the advanced/professional player, although many holes contain alternate/amateur tee box placements. Richmond Hill Disc Golf Course, with its lengthy 6,093 feet, is arguably the most challenging and exciting woods course in the country.
Memorial Stadium: The stadium features a lighted football field of artificial turf with ample spectator seating and a restroom. The park entrance proudly displays Asheville's veterans' memorial. The stadium is located on Buchanan Street behind McCormick Field in central Asheville.
Weaver Park: The park features a lighted ballfield, concession, a basketball court, playground, tennis courts, picnic shelter, a trail and a restroom. Weaver Park is located off Merrimon Avenue in north Asheville.
Lake Julian in South Asheville is a county park. It's home to the Festival of Lights.
For more about Asheville Parks and Recreation facilities, visit their website.