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Reserve Park Picnic Shelters for Family Events

After closing more than a year ago in response to COVID-19, picnic shelters in Buncombe County parks are available to rent for family gatherings, birthdays, and other outdoor celebrations. Current North Carolina public health guidance for outdoor gatherings must be observed at all times.

In addition to covered shelters, many tables and grills are available at parks at no charge on a first-come basis. See below for rental information and policies. Public WiFi is not currently available at any Buncombe County park location.

To celebrate, we’re giving away three free shelter rentals (subject to availability): one each at Buncombe County Sports Park, Charles D. Owen Park, and Lake Julian Park. Just sign up for our monthly I Heart Parks newsletter by April 15 and you’re entered. If you’re already an active subscriber, you’re already entered!

Buncombe County Sports Park (58 Apac Dr. in West Asheville/Enka) has one large picnic shelter available to rent for $75. Other park amenities include disc golf, sand volleyball, bocce, cornhole, playground, community garden, edible orchard, and sports fields. Major enhancements planned include field improvements, additional multipurpose fields, a dog park, new restrooms, outdoor classrooms, and the Enka Heritage Trail greenway. To reserve the shelter, use the form below or call (828) 250-4260.

Charles D. Owen Park (875 Warren Wilson Rd. in Swannanoa) offers two large picnic shelters that can be reserved through Asheville Black Bears Baseball Club for $75 each by email or phone at (828) 545-1955. Located next to the Swannanoa River, the park includes two large fishing ponds (North Carolina fishing license required), fitness trail, basketball courts, softball and baseball fields, walking trails, playground, and more.

Lake Julian Park (37 Lake Julian Rd. in Arden) has two large ($100 per reservation slot) and four small ($75 per reservation slot) shelters that have all been renovated in the past year. Lake Julian also offers fishing (North Carolina fishing license and daily fee required), disc golf, sand volleyball, horseshoes, cornhole, playgrounds, paddleboat rentals, lake access (daily or annual pass required), and a paved walking trail. To reserve a shelter, use the form below or call (828) 458-222.

Small shelters can accommodate fewer than 40 people. Large shelters can accommodate 40-90 people. An application must be completed and payment received within seven days of placing your reservation. See rental agreement for full details.

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Buncombe County Sports Park Shelter Rental Agreement 590 KB 03/26/2021 11:52 AM
Lake Julian Park Shelter Rental Agreement 734 KB 03/26/2021 11:52 AM

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Updated Mar 26, 2021 12:30 PM
Published Mar 26, 2021 11:28 AM

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