Exciting enhancements are on the horizon for Carolina Day's Sgro Athletic Complex

CDS prepares to launch public-private partnership with Asheville Parks & Recreation for improvements to Sgro and community use of facilities


Dramatic enhancements are coming to Sgro Athletic Complex, Carolina Day School's athletic facility bearing the name of former head of school Dr. Beverly H. Sgro. Located at 2351 Sweeten Creek Road, Sgro Athletic Complex will receive major improvements including the conversion of grass field to turf to improve durability and improve play, and an investment in sports lighting for expanded use of the field. The installation of the synthetic turf field also opens up the possibility of a future six-lane track facility.

These enhancements are part of a new public-private partnership that is in development between Carolina Day School and Asheville Parks & Recreation. This partnership will allow for secondary use of Sgro Athletic Complex by the residents of Asheville, an exciting initiative that will positively impact the community. Carolina Day will continue to use the facility for school activities and programs, and Asheville Parks & Recreation will use the facility to program athletic activities with a concentration on underserved and underrepresented communities.

"We want to be good citizens and are thrilled to be working together on this public-private partnership, offering space for our community for athletics and recreation," said Stephanie Whitney, head of school for Carolina Day School. "Sgro Athletic Complex is an exceptional athletic facility, but it's underutilized for much of the year. We want to maximize the property for the benefit of an area of the city that has been underserved by the existence of athletic fields, and in doing so, make a meaningful difference in the lives of our Asheville neighbors. Partnering with Asheville Parks & Recreation was a natural choice because of their proven track record of working with diverse communities throughout the City to provide equitable programming. We're excited to be exploring a partnership that will be so beneficial for everyone."

Carolina Day's athletic director Tauni Butterfield looks forward to the possibilities. "I am so excited about this partnership with the City of Asheville, as we look to build and improve athletic offerings, and collaborate on community events. The addition of a turf field will allow student athletes to practice and play even in inclement weather, also a huge advantage."

Related to the partnership is the recent purchase by the City of Asheville of a wooded and undeveloped 10.88 acre tract of land (see below), that is owned by Carolina Day School and adjacent to the athletic facilities, for the development of a new public park with walking trails, a parking area, and passive recreation amenities. The purchase price of the property was $1.5M, and the funds will be reinvested by Carolina Day School into the Sgro Athletic Complex as part of the public-private partnership agreement, which is still in development.

Carolina Day will be collaborating with Asheville Parks & Recreation on developing a timeline for the Sgro Athletic Complex enhancements that will minimize disruption to the school's athletic season and be mutually beneficial for the two organizations.

Pictured below: The City of Asheville recently purchased a wooded and undeveloped 10.88 acre tract of land owned by Carolina Day School, adjacent to Sgro Athletic Complex, for the development of a new public park. 

Map of Sgro property and public park site