Carrier Park Improvements
The Carrier Park Velodrome Safety Project began in mid-July and will be completed in January 2018. The project will include:
- Demolition of the existing track;
- Re-grading and resurfacing of the track surface;
- Re-grading and shaping the interior edges of the track to blend with the other existing recreation activities and improve drainage;
- Installation of new lighting for the track;
- Installation of new fencing;
- Clean-up of the outer wall and guardrail; and
- Interpretive and informational signs.
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.
The budget for the Carrier Park Velodrome Safety Project is $1.1 million with money coming from the Capital Improvements Fund.
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.
- 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.
July-November 2017 - Velodrome Safety Project at a cost of $1.1 million.
Beginning Fall 2017 - Lawn bowling court improvement and expansion
Sandra Travis, Program Manager