Memorial Stadium and Mountainside Park Bond Project

 

 

history of memorial stadium

 

Happening Now

The City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department is in the final stages of designing proposed improvements to Mountainside Park and Memorial Stadium funded through the bond initiative approved by voters in 2016. In Spring 2021, Memorial Stadium will undergo a maintenance project to replace the turf to address safety concerns and improve playability.

Future improvements will be evaluated at a later date.


 

In response to the large number of questions about parking concerns and event programming in Memorial Stadium and Mountainside Park, city staff have developed this Frequently Asked Questions document.

 


 

On July 24, 2018, City Council approved the contract with Alfred Benesch & Company, to provide design services for Mountainside Park/Memorial Stadium Upgrades and Renovations for an amount not to exceed $220,817.

The next steps included survey and geo-technical testing in August and September, 2018.

Additional community and stakeholder meetings were held in 2019 to share information regarding the planned improvements and to gain feedback on design options.  Comments were also collected online via Open City Hall in August, 2019.

 


Background

Memorial Stadium was purchased in 1925 and dedicated on October 7, 1927. Originally, the stadium’s entrance was intended to serve as a memorial to the western North Carolina veterans lost in World War II. The brick archway was later constructed in honor of the veterans and the stadium was re-dedicated in 1949. The grandstands were demolished in 1982 due to structural concerns. The bleachers currently at the stadium were once part of the speedway, which is now Carrier Park.

Turf renovations were made in 2000 with additional minor improvements made again in 2017. This facility renovation project will improve the usefulness, appearance, and safety of the facility which includes ADA compliance. Facility improvements will support gaps in inclusive recreation programming and while also looking towards future needs.

The redevelopment and renovation of Memorial Stadium and Mountainside Park is a bond project. Our community voted yes for using municipal bonds to generate revenue for community investments across the city. General obligation bonds are considered one of the safest municipal funding tools available.  The City has seven years to issue the bonds and approximately 20 years to pay off the bonds after the funds are received.

 


Timeline

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

December 2020 – City Council approval of construction contract

Spring 2021 – Construction to begin

Summer 2020 – 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
828-259-5801

 


Updated 11/16/2020

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