Tempie Avery Montford Community Center

Last updated or reviewed on March 29, 2022

Montford center pingpong tables
Outdoor pingpong tables under shade sails are part of the improvements to the the Tempie Avery Montford Center.

 


 

On July 18, 2019 the City of Asheville held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the first phase of improvements to the park surrounding the Tempie Avery Montford Center Complex, a community center and 17-acre park located at 34 Pearson Drive in the historic Montford neighborhood.  An honored guest was a descendent of Tempie Avery whom the center is named for and new signage commemorating the name change was unveiled.

 

Key features of the project included:

  • New playground
  • Expanded parking
  • New outdoor classroom
  • Room to expand existing orchard
  • New outdoor table tennis
  • New walkways connecting park features

 


Background

 

In 2013, the City completed improvements to the Montford Recreation Center in the gymnasium by adding a new floor, new lights and a fresh coat of paint throughout the gym interior.

In 2014, the City developed the Montford Center Complex Master Plan supported by a series of public input opportunities. The plan recommends improvements of the park surrounding the Montford Recreation Center.

In 2016, the project was included in the City’s $17 million bond referendum to support park and recreation facilities improvement projects. The bond referendum was approved by Asheville voters resulting in an allocation of $1.7 million for the Montford Center Complex Improvements Phase I.

In 2017, the Montford Center was renamed to honor Tempie Avery, a prominent African-American nurse and midwife who lived on the site in the early 1900s.

 


Timeline

 

2013

  • Issued Request for Qualifications and selected planning & design consultant for Montford Center Complex Master Plan.
  • Awarded design contract to Site Design Studios located in Asheville
  • Completed Montford Center gym improvements with a new floor, lights, paint, and scoreboard.

2015

  • Completed Montford Center Complex Master Plan

2016

  • November: Bond referendum passes including funding to support Montford Center Complex Improvements Phase 1 construction

2017

  • June: Amended planning & design consultant contract for design services and administration of Montford Center Complex Improvements Phase 1
  • June-December: Develop design and construction documents

2018

  • Spring: Complete design and construction documents.  Issue request for construction bids and award construction contract.
  • Summer: Groundbreaking ceremony and construction begins.

2019

  • Summer: Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

 


Supporting Documents

 

Montford Center Complex Master Plan

Montford Center Complex Improvements Phase I Schematic Design

 


Contact Information

Asheville Parks & Recreation
828-259-5800


 

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