Bob Lewis Sports Park is an exciting new recreational and sports facility located in the Enka Candler area, just outside of Asheville. The state-of-the-art sports complex hosts a myriad of youth sports tournaments and is continuously growing to provide additional capabilities and outdoor event space.
From batting cages to concessions, Bob Lewis Sports Park offers visitors a clean, safe, and contemporary venue ideal for sports tournaments, game days, or just practice.
Encompassing seven turf fields in total, for youth baseball and softball, the park provides a fun and friendly backdrop for league tournaments. Coupled with conveniences like two on-site concession plazas, well-maintained restrooms, and leading-edge LED non-glare optical lighting, Bob Lewis Sports Park provides tournament goers a truly enjoyable day at the ball field.
Additionally, with its proximity to the greater Asheville area, the park offers out of town guests the convenience of hotels, restaurants, and retail shopping within minutes.
The history of Bob Lewis Ball Park
It all started with a simple handshake in 2007 in Asheville, between friends- Bob Lewis and the President of Colbond. The handshake that day was for the sale of 200 acres located at what is now called Enka Commerce Park to Bob and an investment group.
When determining how to best utilize the property, Bob’s son remembered a conversation with County Officials regarding the need for a ballpark almost 20 years earlier. As the father of a travel baseball player, Bob’s son visualized a youth ballpark that would rival all other parks, a park that would be state of the art with the highest quality programs and services, a place for travel teams and the community to come together and create memories that would last a lifetime.
The vision was shared with the ownership group, and they agreed to give almost 100 acres of the land as a gift to the community for a future ballpark.
Work began with community volunteers, donors, and government entities, uniting numerous organizations and people. Finally, the ballpark became a reality with a matching grant from the Tourism Development Authority, combined with county and community funding. The Park opened in July of 2018.
Little did Bob know what an incredible legacy was being created on the day of that handshake — a legacy fueled by generosity, a vision, and his family’s love of the game.
Today finishing touches are being made at the Bob Lewis Ballpark. The Park itself is operated by a non-profit group, the Enka Youth Sports Organization. This group works to maintain the park, provide programs and services, and pay back loans secured through the building process.
Due to the Coronavirus, the park is closed but the staff remains busy reaching out into the community to educate people about the park and discuss future collaborations. They are also working diligently to take care of the fields and are developing plans to make sure we are ready with enhanced safety policies/procedures when we are able to open.