Jake Rusher Park Bond Project


Happening Now

 

At their February 11, 2020 meeting, Asheville City Council authorized the City Manager to move forward with a $975,274 construction contract with Carolina Specialties Construction for improvements to Jake Rusher Park.  Improvements include new parking, accessible sidewalks, sport courts, a pavilion and restroom building, new landscaping and improved lighting. Relocation of utilities associated with the project is in planned to be completed in mid-March, 2020. Construction began in April 2020.

The park concept plan is shown below and the design consultant firm was ADC Engineering.

Photos taken late April 2020.

Jake Rusher park under construction April 2020     Jake Rusher park under construction April 2020

 


Background

 

Asheville voters made their choice clear when approving a bond referendum in November, 2016 to make improvements to the City’s parks and recreation facilities   Upgrades and improvements to Jake Rusher Park are included in this funding.

A series of community meetings was held in 2017 to get input on 3 different design concepts for Jake Rusher Park.  The information gathered at those meetings was used to develop a plan that was presented in additional community meetings held in May, 2018.  Additional input from those meetings and from input gained online was used to develop the final concept plan.

A second round of community meetings regarding improvements and additions to Jake Rusher Park were held in May, 2018 at Jake Rusher Park and the Skyland Library.  At these meetings, a park concept plan was presented and attendees had the opportunity to provide feedback.  This input will help guide the final design and determine elements contained in this first phase of improvements, currently budgeted at $1 million.  For those unable to attend, there was an opportunity to provide input online at Open City Hall.

 


Timeline

 

Spring, 2017 – Spring, 2018:  Planning

Spring, 2018 – Fall, 2019:  Design

Spring, 2020:  Construction begins

 


Supporting Documents

 

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Bond Referendum Overview

Spring of 2017 Community Meetings Flyer

Spring of 2018 Community Meetings Flyer

Concept – August 2019

Conceptual map dated august 2019

 


Contact Information

 

Dee Black, Program and Operations Manager
828-259-5800

 

 


 

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