The City of Asheville and Buncombe County Announce Public Engagement Opportunities and Events to Inform the Pack Square Plaza Vision Project

The public is invited to learn more about the Pack Square Plaza Visioning project and provide feedback that helps create a shared vision for the future of the region.

The public is invited to help shape the future of Western North Carolina’s most central civic space by attending one or more special engagement events for the Pack Square Plaza Visioning Project in December.

Here is a link to the full program, which is also listed below. All meetings are open to the public and no registration is required.

Schedule of Square Visioning Engagement Pack events:

Thursday, December 1, 2022 – Discussion groups

Venue: Lord Auditorium in the Pack Memorial Library at 67 Haywood Street

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Planning & Design
What urban design elements are essential to a revitalized Park Square Plaza?
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Events, Programming + Amenities
What will inclusive programming look like at Pack Square Plaza?
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Art & History
What role should public art, historic walking trails and monuments play in the future of Pack Square Plaza?
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Racial equity
How can Pack Square Plaza become a place to belong for everyone?

Getting there: Parking in the Civic Center garage will be validated if you bring your ticket to the meeting. The N3 and N4 public transport routes serve this location and bicycle parking is available on Haywood Street.

Friday, December 2, 2022 – Discussion groups

Location: Municipal building (fire department) at 100 Court Plaza

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Hospitality & Tourism
How can Pack Square Plaza be a welcoming place for residents and visitors?
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Habitability of the city center, management and partnerships
What kind of management and partnership arrangements would be needed to maintain, manage and program Pack Square Plaza so that it also enhances downtown life?
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Inclusive economic development
How can Pack Square Plaza and its surroundings promote shared prosperity for all?
Getting there: Parking in the College Street garage will be validated if you bring your ticket to the meeting. Transit lines 170, S2, WE1 and WE2 stop within one block of this location. Bicycle parking is available outside the Pack Square Pavilion, City Hall and throughout the park.

Friday, December 2, 2022 – First Friday Collaboration and Ephemeral Commitment

Location: PennyCup at YMI at 39 S. Market Street

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Meet at PennyCup for a free hot drink, snack, and to engage with the community about the future of Pack Square Plaza and its connectivity with The Block.
Stop by the Noir Collective next door between 5 and 7 p.m. for strategic dialogue and a keynote from Black Diamond Enterprise, and visit the Foundry Hotel at 7 p.m. for an art vernissage by Micah Mack. More information on the First Fridays organized by Noir Collective here.
Getting There: Parking is free at the City of Asheville parking lot at 17 Marjorie Street weekdays after 5 p.m. and all weekend.

Saturday, December 3, 2022 – Open house and tours of the Pack Square site

Location: Begins at Posana Restaurant at 1 Biltmore Avenue

10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.: Interior presentations at the Posana meeting room followed by guided tours of the exterior site. Refreshments provided. Please arrive ten minutes early.
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Drop by Posana’s outdoor dining area anytime to pick up a project brochure and provide quick feedback on any of the project’s areas of interest.
Interactive engagement and live music
Getting There: Parking is free at the City of Asheville parking lot at 17 Marjorie Street weekdays after 5 p.m. and all weekend.

Virtual public meetings

Can’t make it to meetings in person? Join us for an online virtual meeting. Links to meetings will be posted at ashevillenc.gov/packsquare.

Monday, December 12, 2022 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Design workshop

Book the date and time (place to be specified):

Friday, January 13, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ongoing engagement activities

In addition to scheduled public meetings, the Pack Square Visioning Project continues to provide many opportunities for the public to provide feedback on the future of Pack Square. Check out the Art in the Heart program and the Square Engagement Hub Pack on the City of Asheville website.

For more information and background on the Pack Square Visioning Project, visit www.ashevillenc.gov/packsquare. Find a copy of this press release on Asheville City Source.

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