Jake Rusher new restroom

A new restroom building is part of the many upgrades added at Jake Rusher Park in Arden. Other additions include sporting courts, sidewalks and a pavilion.

The wait is over.

Following three community input meetings in April, where City officials welcomed suggestions from residents about how to improve a neighborhood green space, Asheville’s Parks and Recreation Department is proud to unveil a new and improved Jake Rusher Park.

The City will host a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony and family fun day on Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to enjoy games, activities and more.

Jake Rusher Park, located at 160 Sycamore Drive, between Hendersonville and Sweeten Creek roads in Arden, serves as a gateway to the Royal Pines neighborhood.

Improvements to Jake Rusher Park are part of a $74 million general obligation bond package approved by voters in 2016. As part of the bond, $17 million was set aside for improvements and/or procurements related to city parks. Other entities set to receive assistance through the bond package include affordable housing ($25 million) and transportation ($32 million).

When City officials introduce Jake Rusher Park this week, residents will discover a new parking area and accessible sidewalks, new pickleball and basketball courts, a new pavilion and a much-needed restroom building. Other upgrades included in the $825,000price tag include improved storm drains, better lighting, new landscaping and relocated electric utilities.

For more information about Asheville Parks & Recreation facilities and programs, visit www.ashevillenc.gov/parks, or call 828-259-5800.

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