Can the public-private partnership that created Pack Square Park work in another town? Representatives from Harrisonburg, Va., think it might.
On a chilly, damp Friday morning, Oct. 28, a Harrisonburg contingent met with their Asheville counterparts, including Ruth Planey, Pack Square Conservancy’s administrative coordinator; Assistant City Manager Jeff Richardson, Parks and Recreation Director Roderick Simmons; and landscape architect Rodney Porter.
The Asheville group showed the visitors various features of the park and explained how the public-private interactions have gone so far, Richardson noting, “We value our relationship with the conservancy, and see this as the crown jewel of Asheville’s central business district.”
Simmons remarked, “The use of a central event permitting office has allowed us to share the space with no conflicts between county, private and city uses.”
And Porter said, “The vision — of water flowing down from the fountain at the top of the hill, through a stream to Splashville at the bottom, below the steel representations of our mountains, and using recycled materiel throughout — tie the whole project together in a really neat way.”