Memorial Stadium and Mountainside Park Bond Project

 

 

history of memorial stadium

 

Happening Now

In response to the large number of questions about parking concerns and event programming in Memorial Stadium and Mountainside Park, city staff have developed this Frequently Asked Questions document.

 


 

On July 24, 2018, City Council approved the contract with Alfred Benesch & Company, to provide design services for Mountainside Park/Memorial Stadium Upgrades and Renovations for an amount not to exceed $220,817.

The next steps will include survey and geotechnical testing to take place in August and September.

The consultant will host a public input session in Spring 2019.

 


Background

Memorial Stadium was purchased in 1925 and dedicated on October 7, 1927. Originally, the stadium’s entrance was intended to serve as a memorial to the western North Carolina veterans lost in World War II. The brick archway was later constructed in honor of the veterans and the stadium was re-dedicated in 1949. The grandstands were demolished in 1982 due to structural concerns. The bleachers currently at the stadium were once part of the speedway, which is now Carrier Park.

Turf renovations were made in 2000 with additional minor improvements made again in 2017. This facility renovation project will improve the usefulness, appearance, and safety of the facility which includes ADA compliance. Facility improvements will support gaps in inclusive recreation programming and while also looking towards future needs.

The redevelopment and renovation of Memorial Stadium and Mountainside Park is a bond project. Our community voted yes for using municipal bonds to generate revenue for community investments across the city. General obligation bonds are considered one of the safest municipal funding tools available.  The City has seven years to issue the bonds and approximately 20 years to pay off the bonds after the funds are received.

 


Timeline

9/2017-11/2017 – Planning phase, including facility needs assessment

3/13/2018 – Request for Proposals (RFP) advertised

5/14/2018 – Consultant interviews

7/24/2018 – City Council adopts contract with Alfred Benesch & Company

Fall 2018 – Community meetings led by consultant

Spring 2019-Fall 2019 – Design phase

Spring 2020-Spring 2022 – Construction phase

 


Supporting Documents

Request for Proposals

Proposal from Alfred Benesch & Company

Staff Report to City Council – July 24, 2018

Mountainside Memorial Park Master Plan image

Parks & Recreation Master Plan (2009)

Frequently Asked Questions Document

 


Contact Information

Christy Bass, Program Manager
828-259-5801