Named after benefactor George W. Pack, who donated the land to house the park and public square, Pack Square is as old as the city’s inception. Since its foundation, the park has expanded to accommodate the city’s growing downtown population.
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Built in 1797 and located directly across from the police department and city courthouse, the park has become an iconic feature of the town’s heritage as was the Vance Monument, a 65-foot high stone obelisk. The obelisk in Pack Square’s center was the third Confederate Monument to be removed in Asheville following the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of the police.
The city created a task force to study the removal process. Due to its size, it took the city two weeks to remove the structure. The monument of Vance, a former Confederate military officer, and North Carolina governor, along with a plaque of Robert E. Lee and Confederate soldiers memorial, were removed as well.
The Pack Square Park Visitor Pavilion features a sizeable open grassy area. In addition, it overlooks the main stage with an added section of artwork and paintings by local artists.
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The Park Square hosts festivals and musical venues year-round in the pavilion. Annual events feature events such as the Art in the Park, LEAF Downtown, and Shindig on the Green.
Visitors can enjoy picnics in the park and fountain play in Splashville, a newly renovated interactive splash pad popular with children of all ages. The splashpad is open in the summer months only, seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m