Playable art is coming to Jake Rusher Park; community is invited to virtually meet the artist

New park building
Bond-funded improvements to Jake Rusher Park have included new parking, accessible sidewalks, sport courts, a pavilion and restroom building, new landscaping and improved lighting. Now a playable art project is coming to the south Asheville park.



Recent improvements to Jake Rusher Park in south Asheville will be complete with the installation of playable art in the late spring of 2022. 


Becky Borlan, a Baltimore-based artist, has been selected by a review committee to design a playable art piece which will be placed in the park near the play structures. Becky’s artistic style uses color and light to remind us that play is essential to our growth and well-being. Find examples of her public art projects on her website at


This project is funded by the City’s 1% for public art commitment in which Capital Projects sets aside funds on constructed projects specifically for public art.


The community is invited to virtually meet and greet with Borlan at 3:30 p.m. October 7. The artist will give a short presentation and will also listen and gather personal stories of park experiences from attendees. This input will help guide Borlan as she begins conceptual designs for the playable art.


A link to the google meet to attend the meeting will be posted on the Jake Rusher Park Bond Project page.


Jake Rusher Park is at 160 Sycamore Drive in Arden. Asheville Parks & Recreation is committed to providing quality programs in a safe environment for everyone in our community.  For more information about these and all Asheville Parks & Recreation programs, visit our website at, our Facebook page at or call 828-259-5800.