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Fun, Free Activities at County Parks, Pools, and Community Centers this Summer

What is better than hanging out at a park, pool, or community center? Doing so while participating in fun games! This summer, the Buncombe County Recreation Services will be visiting county pools, parks, and community centers to provide free entertaining activities for anyone in the community.

This includes yard games, pool activities, balls, and other activities for enjoyment. While the games can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of age–with something available for anyone–the programming is aimed at those 5 to 15 years of age.

This is part of the CORE program (Community Outreach and Recreation Experiences) which seeks to provide fun to everyone in the community.

“We were interested in expanding recreational opportunities to communities that may or may not have parks and facilities,” says Mac Stanley, program coordinator with the County’s Recreation Services. “Also, an opportunity to expand and collaborate with county community centers such as Big Ivy, Sandy Mush, and Bent Creek Community Park. Core programming is designed to diversify our programming opportunities and outreach into the community.”

From June through August, Recreation Services will be out and about in its CORE van, a green, Ford Transit van outfitted with County logos and a big sasquatch on the back.

Keep an eye out for the van at these locations and dates:

Community Center (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

  • June 15 & July 13 – Big Ivy Community Center
  • June 26, July 24 & August 10 – Sandy Mush Community Center
  • August 24 – Bent Creek Community Park

Parks (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

  • June 14 – Lake Julian
  • June 28 – Buncombe County Sports Park
  • July 12 – Charles D. Owen
  • July 26 – Karpen Soccer Fields
  • August 9 – Hominy Valley

Pools (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

  • June 13 – Cane Creek
  • June 27 – Hominy Valley
  • July 11 – Owen
  • July 25 – North Buncombe
  • August 8 – Erwin

Come and join us at any location for a time full of fun. Visit, or email for more info.

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Updated Jun 15, 2023 11:14 AM
Published Jun 09, 2023 02:45 PM