For about the past three weeks, crews working on the new Pack Square Park have been testing Asheville’s newest water fountain, an interactive water feature in the heart of the $20 million downtown park.
Donna Clark, spokeswoman for the nonprofit Pack Square Conservancy that has been overseeing construction of the park, says workers are testing various programs for the fountain’s “waterplay” until park officials decide on exactly what they want. On Thursday, the fountain featured arcing sprays of water in an alternating pattern that splashed plenty of water.
The fountain is named Splasheville. Clark says the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority bought the rights to name the fountain, as well as two other park features, after making three monetary gifts to the conservancy totaling $2.5 million. “We are grateful” to the TDA for its support, Clark says.
“We think it’s a perfect name because it conjures up the notion of water and the nice sound a fountain makes, and because it evokes the spirit of the park and the community: fun, playfulness, and the charm of natural elements. Also, of course, it’s a play on the word Asheville,” Clark says.
The fountain will be turned on from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. once it’s fine-tuned, Clark says. The new, circular fountain on Pack Square designed by Asheville artist Hoss Haley is on from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Both fountains will be turned off on Nov. 1 for the winter.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor