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Get Into the Swing of These Asheville Playgrounds

Asheville is home to plenty of playgrounds, easily accessible and well-suited to a range of ages. In addition to boasting stimulating play structures – think swings, slides and climbing walls – many of the area’s playgrounds are located adjacent to family-friendly activities and destinations, turning a day at play into an epic adventure. Here are just a few of the many playgrounds around the Asheville area to check out. 

Best Playgrounds Asheville Area

Recreation Park

This spot in East Asheville features a playground, an open play area, basketball courts, and an outdoor Parks and Recreation swimming pool. And when you’re done playing, you can visit the WNC Nature Center next door. 72 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville. 

Malvern Hills Park

This park, in the heart of West Asheville’s Malvern Hills neighborhood, features a playground, along with walking trail, tennis courts, basketball hoop and seasonal Parks and Recreation pool. There’s also a covered pavilion for picnicking and small gatherings. 75 Rumbough Place, Asheville.

Weaver Park

A playground keeps the little ones occupied while older children can enjoy sports fields, nature paths, and two newly renovated tennis courts. Grills and picnic areas round out the offerings at this spot just north of downtown. 200 Murdock Avenue, Asheville.

Linwood Crump Shiloh Complex

This playground in south Asheville has something for everyone: play structures, basketball court, lighted ball fields, and tennis court, as well as a recreation center and gymnasium. 121 Shiloh Road, Asheville.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

A playground, along with a lighted baseball/softball field and picnic area, make this park near downtown Asheville the perfect pit stop for some play time. 50 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Asheville. 

Asheville Area Playgrounds

Carrier Park

This massive, multi-activity park in West Asheville – circled by a velodrome track perfect for bikes, scooters, strollers or simply walking – features a playground with wooden playsets and swings, as well as basketball courts, volleyball courts, and a roller hockey skating rink. An extensive greenway system running along the French Broad River borders the park. Just outside the velodrome are baseball fields, lawn bowling, and plenty of green space to run around in. 220 Amboy Road, Asheville.

West Asheville Park

A playground, baseball/softball field and natural area are the hallmarks of this park, situated in the heart of West Asheville. 11 Vermont Avenue, Asheville. 

East Asheville Center

This newly built playground has plenty of play structures to enjoy, along with basketball courts. Bonus: The playground shares property with the newly built, state-of-the-art East Asheville branch of the public library, so you can pop in after a play session. 

Walton Street Park

There’s plenty for kids of all ages to enjoy here, starting with a playground and full basketball court. A lighted ball field, picnic shelter and swimming pool round out the offerings. 570 Walton Street, Asheville.

Bent Creek Community Park

This park in the popular Bent Creek Experimental Forest neighborhood features a wooden play structure, sandbox and swing sets. For older kids (and adults!), the park features a bike pump track. 125 Idlewood Drive, Asheville.

Buncombe County Sports Park

A massive complex featuring soccer fields, a large picnic pavilion, walking trails, volleyball and bocce ball courts, this park offers a fully fenced in kids’ playground with shaded benches. 58 Apac Circle, Asheville.

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