Recreate Asheville: Shaping Our City’s Parks Gears Up for Future Investments - TribPapers

Recreate Asheville: Shaping Our City’s Parks Gears Up for Future Investments

Asheville Parks & Recreation initiates community-driven plan Recreate Asheville to shape the city's parks and recreation decisions for the next decade, welcoming resident feedback through workshops, surveys, and engagement opportunities to create a vibrant and inclusive environment for all.

Asheville – After a series of engaging in-person and online events last summer and fall, Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) is set to host additional feedback workshops and a survey for Recreate Asheville: Shaping Our City’s Parks. This community-driven comprehensive plan aims to guide the City of Asheville’s parks and recreation decisions for the next 10-15 years.

D. Tyrell McGirt, APR Director, shared, “On March 27, we’ll report back what we heard last year, share how it’s driving draft plan ideas and recommendations, and ask for community review and feedback. This is an exciting step as we fine-tune what will become the final community-built plan. Feedback during this phase will be crucial in shaping the vision plan to be shared in late spring, with a final review expected in May and June.”

The Recreate Asheville plan serves as a framework for guiding future investments in recreation programs and spaces, focusing on systemwide enhancements rather than specific detailed design proposals for neighborhoods, parks, or facilities.

Residents are encouraged to share information about the plan and participate in feedback opportunities through an online survey available from March 27 to April 15. Additionally, virtual community meetings and drop-in open house sessions will provide avenues for engagement at various locations across the city.

Asheville Parks & Recreation manages a diverse array of public parks, recreation centers, and open spaces that serve as vital community hubs. With a storied history dating back to the 1890s, the department offers wellness, education, and cultural programs for residents of all ages. Through its comprehensive portfolio of greenways and trails, APR remains committed to creating a vibrant and walkable city where residents can connect and explore.

For more information and updates on Recreate Asheville and other initiatives, residents can sign up for the APR newsletter, follow the department on social media, or visit Asheville Parks & Recreation continues to uphold its mission of supporting the well-being and success of all residents, fostering a safer and thriving community for all.