Playground Renovations Bond Project

Happening Now


Work is underway on the first group of playgrounds to be renovated with funding from the bond referendum passed in 2016.  The first three playgrounds are:

Herb Watts Park (Southside)
Demolition of the old playground is complete.  There was a delay receiving the new equipment, but it’s now scheduled for installation early 2019 and construction is scheduled to be complete in time for spring play.

Leah Chiles Park (Kenilworth)
The new equipment for this playground was slightly delayed as well, but has now arrived and is also scheduled for installation early 2019.

Augusta Barnett Playground (West Asheville)
Equipment for the is ordered, but a delivery date hasn’t been established.  Demolition and installation/construction is tentatively planned to begin spring, 2019 and will include play features used in the City’s Therapeutic Recreation Program.




In 2016, the playground renovation plan was included in the City’s $17 million bond referendum to support park and recreation facilities improvements.. The bond referendum was approved by Asheville voters resulting in an allocation of $1 million for playground projects.  Locations for playground renovations were chosen based on the condition of the existing playground and the need for upgrades. The plans will utilize strategic site design opportunities to implement new amenities not provided in the original designs.


Contact Information


Dee Black, Program & Operations Manager

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