Community input was collected last fall during a gathering in the park and a public survey, the results of which can be viewed online. Inclusive play essentials, coupled with this information, will inform planning and design over the next few months to reimagine the park as an intergenerational space that supports development of the whole child and the whole community with physical, social-emotional, sensory, cognitive, and communication benefits for visitors.
Planned renovations include playground replacement, fence updates, asphalt replacement, landscaping improvements, a new ADA-compliant entry, and replacement of benches, picnic tables, water fountain, and trash and recycling receptacles. Based on recent Asheville Parks & Recreation playground projects, community members can expect a design that embraces nature, integrates a balance of shade through managed plant control, encourages imaginative and creative play with both play equipment and elements of the naturally-occurring environment, and provides a truly intergenerational space that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Magnolia Park consists of a playground and open space near the Montford, Five Points, Klondyke, and Hillcrest neighborhoods. Located near the intersection of Reed Creek Greenway and Magnolia Avenue, the spot is also popular with greenway users.
Magnolia Park received its last major update in the late-1990s. It was identified as a high-priority playground renovation project during research for the bond project in 2016, but was unable to benefit from bond funding as construction prices continued to rise. Remaining a priority, the Parks & Recreation Department allocated Community Investment funds for the project.
October 27, 2021 – Project information presented at Montford Neighborhood Association meeting.
November and December 2021 – Community gathering at park and public survey
Winter 2021 – Planning and Design
Spring 2022 – Project bid
Spring/Summer 2022 – Construction
Will be made available as project progresses:
- Concept Rendering
- Construction Drawings
- Construction Contract
Pete Wall, Parks & Recreation, 828-450-7294
Rebecca Cipriano, Capital Projects, 828-424-5596