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!!
The pool is open. Hours are Monday- Saturday 10:00AM- 4:30PM Sunday 1:00PM-5:00PM
Stucents/Adults $3.00
Toddler $1.50
Non-Swimmer $1.00
10-Visit pool pass $25.00
Season Pass $75.00

We will be having softball games every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday begining at 6:30 PM. Come out and enjoy  watching the games.

We will be having a class on Pickle ball for beginners on Monday August 1st  form 9:00am till 11:00 am at the old rock gym. Everyone is invited.

Co-ed softball registration is now open. Need to have registration and team roster turned in by August 10th. Cost is $375.00 per team. Teams must have a minimum of 4 females.

Viking Baseball camp will be Augus 1st through the 4th.

We are accepting registration for Football, anyone intrested in playing needs to have registration form turned in by July 29th.

Mailing Address:

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