New sod coming to Pack Square Park




In an ongoing effort to keep the Roger McGuire Green…well, GREEN, the City of Asheville is going to resod Pack Square Park in December this year instead of January.

Work will begin Dec. 4 to replace sod on the Roger McGuire Green and Reuter Terrace in Pack Square Park.

The sod that was replaced in winter 2017 deteriorated under heavy use on what is sometimes considered “Asheville’s front lawn.” Last year there were 68 permitted outdoor events in this area. With some of them being multiday festivals there were 78 days of reserved use, drawing an estimated attendance of 180,000. Those many footfalls took their toll on the sod.

“Because there are no events scheduled that utilize the grass areas in Pack Square Park the rest of this month, we saw this as an opportunity to begin re-establishing the lawn even earlier with the hope that it holds up better in the coming year,” said City Park Development & Planning Manager John Gavin.

The project cost is $14,750 and that includes installing sod as well as aerating and seeding in another location shown on the map. The work will take 3-5 days to complete and the City will fence off the areas of new sod immediately after completion. The fence will stay up until spring.

“This project is weather and temperature dependent so the actual start date will need to be flexible,” said Gavin. “Installing the sod just before winter begins will allow the maximum amount of time for the sod to properly root and establish itself before the busy spring season begins.”

Wilde Acre Landscaping Inc. is the contractor hired for the sodding project.

If all goes well, the sod should be in place by Dec. 15.