The Asheboro City Council recently received information and concepts for renovating and enhancing historic McCrary Park. The work envisioned will improve the safety and comfort of both spectators and players and includes new grandstands, parking, plaza and concessions, a locker room building, dugouts, and other fan and team amenities. The project is expected to be paid for by a combination of private and public money and will include a fundraising element. More details will be announced at a later date.
The facility, located on Southway Road, is home to the Asheboro Copperheads of the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer baseball league. It also is the home field of American Legion Post 45 and the Asheboro High School Blue Comets. Conveniently located in the Heart of North Carolina, McCrary Park will again host the American Legion Baseball Mid-Atlantic Tournament, bringing players and fans from 6 states to Asheboro in early August.
Mayor David H. Smith is supportive of the effort. “We see this investment as a true form of economic development. Tournaments and ball games at McCrary Park consistently bring people to Asheboro businesses throughout the spring and summer. These improvements will further strengthen our partnership with the American Legion baseball program, Copperheads baseball and Asheboro City Schools. Renovations to McCrary Park are overdue. It has been more than a decade since significant improvements have been made to the facility.”
Opened in 1948, McCrary Park was built by McCrary Mills for its Industrial League baseball team, the McCrary Eagles. The City of Asheboro leased and maintained the facility for decades before the Acme-McCrary Corporation donated the property to the city in 2017.
Design professionals from CPL, an architecture, engineering and planning firm, are working with city leadership on plan development and necessary steps for implementation.