Stop by Pritchard Park for a mid-day picnic or stroll through the nearby streets packed with galleries, coffee shops, diners, and brewhouses. The city park first served as the city’s post office from 1892 to 1932 and also served as a hog wallow for livestock.
The park recently went under substantial renovations to improve and expand accessibility. Redesign efforts crafted by the Genesis Group, a Florida-based consulting firm, included doubling the park's size by reclaiming old bus lanes for park and sidewalk space, planting more trees, adding park benches, and replacing the fountain with a mini-amphitheater.
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Since 2001, Pritchard Park has been home to the Ashville’s Drum Circle players. These drummers have been delighting audiences with their unique blend of rhythm and unadulterated joy every Friday night. An experience not to be missed, this free event displays the city’s diversity and range of talented musicians.
The park reflects the high energy and businesses that surround the park who enjoy the downtown green space. Since the event began, drum classes have opened around town. In addition, guests are encouraged to bring chimes or tambourines to the show. The show runs from April to October, beginning in the evening around 5-6:00 p.m. and lasts until 10:00 p.m.
Pritchard Park is full of beautiful old trees such as sugar maples, sweet gums, birches, and ornamental cherry blossoms. The environmental group, Quality Forward, had a mission to save the park's trees during the remodeling process. The group started planting the park’s trees in the early 1960s. One such tree, the large sugar maple, is one of the most prominent trees in the downtown area and is now supported with splints and cables.
The park is open from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.