Carrier Park Improvements
Phase 3 of Carrier Park improvements are underway as demolition and rebuilding of the lawn bowling court progresses. Demolition began in March, 2018 and the new expanded court is scheduled to be completed early summer.
A few tweaks are still being made to the interior of the park associated with the recent reconstruction of the velodrome. New signage, touch-up striping and painting, and a few more minor improvements are planned.
For more than a century, 32-acre Carrier Park has been a gathering spot for generations along the French Broad River. From 1951-1987 it was the site of the Asheville Motor Speedway. The City of Asheville acquired the property in 1998. Now it’s used for roller hockey, lawn bowling, picnics, festivals and much more. With all that use, City staff has been working with City Council for opportunities to upgrade and improve Asheville’s largest and most popular park.
Phase 1 of improvements included rebuilding the inline hockey rink, resurfacing the basketball court and renovation of the building housing the restrooms.
Phase 2 consisted of the rebuilding of the velodrome (also known as the "mellowdrome") and included a new LED track lighting system, new fencing, and improvements to stormwater drainage system.
What exactly is a velodrome? A velodrome is an arena for track cycling. Modern velodromes feature steeply banked oval tracks, consisting of two 180-degree circular bends connected by two straights. The straights transition to the circular turn through a moderate easement curve.
Improvements to Carrier Park are budgeted in the Capital Improvements Program (CIP).
- Rebuilt inline hockey rink including a new scoreboard and new bleachers at a cost of $300,000.
- Resurfaced basketball court, improving quality and safety of play.
- Created a park plaza near the hockey rink and basketball court including new landscaping and additional seating.
- Restroom facility renovation, bringing the building up to modern code and ADA compliance, at a cost of $290,000.
- Improvements to the two existing sand volleyball courts and the addition of a third court at a cost of $20,000.
- Reconstruction of the velodrome, adding lighting and other features at a cost of $1.1 million.
- Lawn bowling court improvement and expansion