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Funding from the bond referendum passed in 2016 was used to renovate and replace playgrounds at Augusta Barnett Park in West Asheville, Herb Watts Park in Southside, Leah Chiles Park in Kenilworth, and Magnolia Park in Montford.

Following initial updates to Herb Watts Park, community members requested additional enhancements that are currently taking place including play equipment for toddlers, rubberized safety surfacing, mound removal, and new tables and grills. This work was completed in November, 2022.



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 using a process that examined equity, the condition of the existing playground, and needs for upgrades. Plans included strategic site design opportunities to implement new amenities not provided in the original designs.


Contact Information

Susannah Horton, Parks & Recreation, 828-259-5800



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