The nonprofit created to oversee the redevelopment of Asheville’s crown jewel of a downtown park is considering its options now that the park construction is complete. One of those options is dissolution.
Guy Clerici, chairman of the Pack Square Conservancy, said Tuesday that the board met on Monday to talk about finalizing deed work to hand Pack Square Park back to the city of Asheville. No decisions were made about the future of the conservancy, he said.
The Pack Square Park project is a public-private partnership created to remake the park in the heart of downtown Asheville. The conservancy was formed in 2000 and what followed was years of fundraising, concern about the pace of the work, as well as relief when the park was finally opened a couple of years ago.
Construction on the nearly $17 million park went on for five years. (A combination of taxpayer dollars and private donations funded the construciton.) Construction actually lasted a little longer – the conservancy just recently finished building a pavilion in the park.
If the conservancy dissolves, it would raise a few questions: what is the future of the popular Labor Day concert in the park? what about the $2 million the conservancy owes the city of Asheville? who will oversee park operations?
More to come.