Memorial Stadium and Nearby Park Improvements

Park District: East Central
Census Tract: 7 / 8

Happening Now

Memorial Stadium field renderingDesign is moving forward on the first phase of maintenance improvements to Memorial Stadium.  These initial improvements are focused on replacing the existing field turf and stormwater system to address identified safety concerns and improve playability.  

This project is anticipated to bid out in late winter 2021 with construction to begin in spring 2021.  Future identified maintenance improvements will be prioritized at a later date based on remaining bond funds available.  





Recent Improvements

Mountainside Park and Oakhurst Park

In October 2019 improvements were made to the two neighborhood parks adjacent to Memorial Stadium.  Conversations with the community identified the need to improve the park-like environment.  New landscaping materials and site furnishings have been installed to improve safety and provide a place for residents to play and connect to the outdoors.

Mountainside Park entry before landscaping
Mountainside Park entry before landscaping
Mountainside Park entry after landscaping
Mountainside Park entry after landscaping










Oakhurst Park before renovations
Oakhurst Park after renovations













Memorial Stadium is a city-owned multi-sport facility just outside of Downtown Asheville.  The 100 year old facility has had modest improvements over time, with the most recent turf renovation in 2000.  This project was identified as a high priority in the 2009 Parks and Recreation Master Plan as an important project to support the need for multiple athletic uses, improve safety, and enhance neighborhood park space.      

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

In 2017, the city began the planning and design for Memorial Stadium and Mountainside Park. Multiple community and stakeholder meetings have been held since 2019 to collect feedback and opinions.   


history of memorial stadium


9/2017-11/2017 – Planning phase, including facility needs assessment

3/13/2018 – Request for Proposals (RFP) advertised

5/14/2018 – Consultant interviews

7/24/2018 – City Council adopts contract with Alfred Benesch & Company

Fall 2018 – Community meetings led by consultant

August 1, 2019 – Community Meeting

Summer 2020 – Winter 2021 – Field Replacement Drawings prepared

Winter 2021 – Project Bidding

Spring 2021 – City Council approval of construction contract

Spring 2021 – Construction to begin

Summer 2021 – Project completion


Supporting Documents

Request for Proposals

Proposal from Alfred Benesch & Company

Staff Report to City Council – July 24, 2018

Parks & Recreation Master Plan (2009)

Frequently Asked Questions Document

Neighborhood Presentation from July 11, 2019

Open City Hall Survey – Until August 25, 2019

Conceptual Plan

Stakeholder Group Meeting Handout October 17, 2019


Contact Information

Christy Bass, Program Manager


Updated 1/20/2021


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