Help the City Name a New Recreation Center

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville is seeking public input to help determine the name for a new recreation center, located on the corner of Livingston Street and Depot Street in Asheville’s South Central neighborhood.

Suggestions will be accepted between May 1-15, 2011. Entries can be made by visiting or by leaving a message at 828-259-5826.

After the suggestion period closes, names will go to a panel of neighborhood residents and recreation board members, who will narrow the suggestions to one recommendation. After the recommended name is reviewed by the Recreation Advisory Board, it will pass to Asheville City Council, where the final name will be considered.

Traditionally, recreation centers are named according to the geographical, historical, or ecological relationship to the site. Recreation centers can be named for a person who contributed significantly to Asheville as evidenced by their contribution through community service, state or national affiliations. A facility cannot be named after an individual who is deceased until after a one-year period.

The new recreation center will have a grand opening in October 2011. It replaces the W.C. Reid Recreation Center. It will provide an auditorium, classrooms, and outdoor recreation space to the South Central neighborhood and have meeting spaces available for community groups. Future phases of the recreation center’s construction include a gymnasium, greenway, spray ground, and playground.

The City of Asheville currently operates 11 recreation centers throughout Asheville.

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