News from the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department

Edible Asheville

The City of Asheville is excited to announce that the Office of Sustainability has launched the Asheville Edibles Program to provide an opportunity for community members to grow food and pollinator plants on publicly-owned land.

Community Gardens

Asheville’s Community Gardens Program provides residents with an opportunity to organize community gardens on designated City-owned land. For successful applicants, there is no cost to lease the land, and each garden location has room for several plots. This is a great way to bring a neighborhood and/or organization together to grow local, fresh, and healthy produce to create a stronger, more resilient community.

Urban Agriculture Leases

The Urban Agriculture Leases Program has parcels of City-owned land prepared to be leased at fair market value. The terms of the leases are 3 years with an option to renew. This program is designed to support urban agriculture development to increase local food production and community food security. The City encourages applications from qualified individuals, businesses, and/or nonprofit organizations to apply for a lease agreement. This is a great opportunity for those who want to grow food on a larger scale, but do not have the property to do so.

Those interested in any of the opportunities in the Asheville Edibles Program can visit to review the rules and find an application form. Applicants will be contacted promptly to discuss their request.

Artists Wanted

The Lexington Avenue Public Art Project is intended to reflect the neighborhood identity of Lexington Avenue and to celebrate the community’s century-old storefronts and architectural treasures.

A Request for Qualifications outlining the project’s scope and artist selection process is posted on the City of Asheville website, The RFQ contains information on how to apply. The deadline for application is midnight June 9, 2017.

The Asheville Downtown Association Foundation raised $40,000 to the City for this project. In October 2016, Asheville City Council authorized the City Manager to accept the donation for this public art project.

“This project is a great way to honor the initiative and drive of so many individuals in our community, including John Lantzius, that got together and saved this part of downtown,” said Adrian Vassallo, Chair of the Asheville Downtown Association Foundation. “Lexington Avenue would not be what it is today without the efforts of our citizens.”

The public art is designated for installation at 65 N. Lexington Ave., adjacent to several retail establishments, near Downtown Books & News and Shady Grove. Lexington Avenue was chosen because of its designation in 2016 by the American Planning Association (APA) as one of five great streets on the organization’s annual Great Places in America list. The Great Places in America program recognizes streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that demonstrate exceptional character, quality, and planning.

To honor and celebrate the story of the neighborhood’s preservation and to reflect its current eclectic and vibrant culture, the City of Asheville in partnership with the Asheville Downtown Association Foundation is requesting artists, architects, and design professionals to submit qualifications for creating and installing a permanent exterior public art feature on North Lexington Avenue.

The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on the final selection, as noted on the project timeline below.

Project timeline

  • Deadline for entries: June 9, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Select three finalists: July 5, 2017
  • Public feedback: July 21, 2017 (Downtown After 5 event)
  • Finalist’s proposals due: August 30, 2017
  • Public feedback: September 15, 2017 (Downtown After 5 event)
  • Select final proposal: October 6, 2017
  • Finalize contract for project: October 20, 2017
  • Work fabricated and installed: Late winter/early spring 2018

For more details on this project, contact Brenda Mills at (828) 259-8050 or

Movies In The Park

The 2017 season of Movies in the Park, a free monthly movie series in Pack Square Park begins May 12 with the PG-rated classic Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Bring a chair or a blanket and come out for crafts, a movie in the park, and an evening of free fun. Children’s craft activities begin at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk on a giant screen on the Pack Square Park stage.

Movies in the Park continues monthly through September. Each month, children’s craft activities begin at 6:30 p.m., followed with the movie at dusk. All movies are rated G or PG.

  • June 9: Sing (animated musical comedy released in 2016)
  • July 14: Up (Disney movie)
  • August 11: Moana (Disney movie released in 2016)
  • September 15: Rogue One (Star Wars movie released in 2016)

For more information about this and all Asheville Parks and Recreation programs, visit, Asheville Parks & Recreation’s Facebook page, or call (828) 259-5800.

Splasheville In Pack Square

It’s time for some fun water play! Splasheville, Asheville’s splash play fountain in Pack Square Park, has passed its annual inspection from the Buncombe County Health Department and is now open for the season.

Everyone is welcome to come play in Splasheville, an interactive water feature with 21 jets of water that run in 12 combinations. You never know where it’s going to splash you next!

Splasheville is open 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily with the exception of closures for inclement weather or special events.

For more information, call Asheville Parks & Recreation at (828) 259-5800. To keep up with closures for special events, follow Parks & Recreation’s Facebook page.

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