Tempie Avery Montford Center Complex Improvements, Phase 1

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The City of Asheville is preparing for the construction of the first phase of improvements to the park surrounding the Tempie Avery Montford Center Complex, a recreation center and 17-acre park located at 34 Pearson Drive in the historic Montford neighborhood.

Key features of the Tempie Avery Montford Center Complex Improvements Phase I include:

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

Other improvements to City services in the Montford neighborhood during this same time include:

  • Replace tennis courts at Montford Park
  • Replace playground at Magnolia Park
  • Develop site plan for Hummingbird Park and Riverside Cemetery
  • Improvements to the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater by the Montford Park Players


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.



  • 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.


  • Completed Montford Center Complex Master Plan


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


  • 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


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


  • Winter: Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Supporting Documents

Montford Center Complex Master Plan

Montford Center Complex Improvements Phase I Schematic Design

Contact Information

Debbie Ivester
Assistant Director, Parks & Recreation