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 9:00 am till 12:fpm. 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 New land. Contact the Recreation Office directly for complete information on programs and registration deadlines.

Up-Coming Events!!

Registration is now open for Youth Basketball. Please come by rock gym to pick up forms or you can download from this page.

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

The Parks and Recreation Office is located at The Rock Gym, 185 Shady Street, Newland NC close to Newland Elementary School.


Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday           Wednesday,                 Friday                           Sunday
8:00am –06:00pm                                  8:00am - 5:00pm        8:00am - 4:00pm         Closed For Summer

The Avery County Pool, The Dive In is located at, 220 Shady Street, Newland NC across from Newland Elementary School.


Monday - Saturday                                Sunday
10:00am - 5:00pm                                 1:00pm - 5:00pm


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

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

Brandon Campbell, Programs Specialist
Phone: (828)733-8266