Parks & Recreation

The Mission of the Avery County Parks and Recreation Department is to help improve the quality of life for our citizens by providing low or no cost leisure and fitness related services through safe and attractive facilities. It is the Department’s goal to offer diversified active and passive recreational programs that meet the needs and requests of our population.

The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for planning and implementing youth and adult sports and activities, recreational programs for senior citizens, as well as maintaining athletic facilities and public parks, and the public swimming pool complex.

Youth athletic programs include football, basketball, and cheerleading.

Athletic programs for adults include adult league softball.
We also have pickle ball on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am till 12:00pm. This is an open drop in league type event.

Athletic programs are open to those who reside in Avery County. Signup deadlines are established for each program. Details for registrations and forms are available through the County Recreation Office in Newland. Contact the Recreation Office directly for complete information on programs and registration deadlines.

Up-Coming Events!!
We will be hosting a wrestling event this Saturday November 19th to benifit Toys for Tots. Doors open at 6:30 and match starts at 7:00PM. Admission is $7.00 plus a new unwrapped toy.

We will have an open meeting to discuss the new pool on Tuesday November 29th in the commissioner board room begining at 6:00PM. We encourage everyone to come out and ask questions and give input.

We are accepting registrations for basketball. K-2nd co-ed. 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, boys and girls teams. If we have enough register we will have 7th-8th boys and girls teams. Please call or come by the Rock gym to register or if you have questions. Cost is $50.00.

PO Box 883
Newland, NC 28657
Phone: (828)733-8266
Fax Number : (828)733-7014

The Parks and Recreation Office is located in the Rock Gym, 185 Shady Street, close to Newland Elementary in Newland.


Monday, Thursday           Tuesday, Wednesday,                Friday
8:00am – 8:00pm             8:00am - 5:00pm                        8:00am - 4:00pm


Robert Willis, Director
Phone: (828)737-5531

Teddy Bare, Athletics Supervisor
Phone: (828)733-8267

Seth Phillips, Programs Specialist
Phone: (828)733-8266