Park Repairs Following Flood Damage
At its July 24 meeting, Asheville City Council authorized a resolution for the City Manager to enter into contracts not to exceed $1.2 million to make repairs to City recreational facilities recently damaged by a flood. The specific facilities are Azalea Park/John B. Lewis Soccer Complex, Carrier Park, Asheville Municipal Golf Course and French Broad River Park. With the passing of the resolution, the City can execute contracts for the park repairs.
After the rainiest May on record in Asheville, a May 30, 2018, flood damaged Asheville parks adjacent to the French Broad and Swannanoa rivers. Azalea Park, including the J.B. Lewis Soccer Complex, was especially hard hit, rendering the fields unusable until they can be cleaned and repaired.
An inventory of damaged park repairs includes:
- Turf clean-up and repair at the JBL Soccer Complex
- Playground repair/replacement
- Replacement/repair of park furnishings
Asheville Municipal Golf Course
- Restroom building repair
- Assessment of stormwater system
- Utilities infrastructure sub-surface damage
French Broad River Park
- Infrastructure repair and riverbank restoration
May 30: Flood occurs, damaging multiple Parks & Recreation facilities.
June: FEMA tours and evaluates impacted areas. Parks & Recreation staff perform damage assessments, begin discussions with contractors for repair cost estimates
July 16: Proposal received from contractor with full scope of work for John B. Lewis Soccer Complex
July 24: City Council authorizes funding for park repairs
Sandra Travis, Program Manager