Stay Cool at Asheville Parks & Recreation’s Free Water Events

A child going down an inflatable water slide.
City of Asheville

With a run of days hitting 80 degrees or higher this summer, Asheville Parks & Recreation has been hosting free water-based activities throughout the city – with plenty more planned for the weeks ahead.

To keep things fresh, each date features a different mix of inflatable water slides, activities, and games for kids, tweens, and teens. Community members should wear swimsuits and bring their own towels. All dates and times are subject to weather conditions.

“While both of Asheville’s public pools are open for the summer, we know spending a full day at the pool isn’t always possible,” according to D. Tyrell McGirt, Director of Asheville Parks & Recreation. “Anyone visiting Pack Square Park on a hot day can see the overwhelming joy at our popular free splash pad, Splasheville. We’ve taken that same idea and translated it into fun water days throughout the city by bringing in temporary water features and activities for families to enjoy at these pop up events.”

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Malvern Thrills Water Days at Malvern Hills Park (75 Rumbough Pl.)

Tuesday, July 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, August 6, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Walton Street Water Days at Walton Street Park (570 Oakland Rd.)

Saturday, July 16, 1-4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 27, 1-4 p.m.
Wednesday, August 3, 1-4 p.m.
Monday, August 8, 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, August 20, 1-4 p.m. (Back to School Bash co-hosted with Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center)

Toddler Water Days at Tempie Avery Montford Community Center (34 Pearson Dr.)

Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Splasheville in Pack Square Park (80 Court Plaza) is open daily from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. except during some special events and festivals.

For community members looking to cool off without getting wet, all Asheville Parks & Recreation community centers feature air conditioning and WiFi access. Free community offerings include exercise classes, hobby clubs, card and board games, dances, cooking and healthy living classes, affinity groups, arts and crafts, music jams and drum circles, trivia, salsa and line dancing, indoor basketball, programs for teens and young adults, special events, and much more that can be found on avlrec.com or in the current program guide.

Extreme temperatures – especially extreme heat – can be very dangerous. To remain safe, community members are reminded to drink plenty of hydrating fluids (avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and sugary beverages), wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, stay out of the sun as much as possible, and practice smart sun safety measures.

Prepared by the City of Asheville.