ABOUT THE DESIGN
The conception of a parklet first began in 2017, when the Center initiated the Broadway Cultural Gateway Planning Project to transform the block surrounding 67 Broadway Street.
As a result, the area is now blossoming into a cultural gateway and arts destination to welcome residents and visitors to downtown Asheville. By engaging thousands of pedestrians with indigenous craft traditions, the parklet serves as a recognition of local Cherokee history and contemporary cultural contributions. Additionally, the parklet serves as an outdoor meeting space, fulfilling a need which has been made all the more apparent by our current pandemic.
Photo credit: David Huff
Last November you may have seen us in front of the Center testing a small piece of the parklet for design and feasibility. A crucial step in the design process, the prototype was amazing to see in person! That chevron pattern cut-out of the steel decking is an abstraction of the basket pattern known as “falling water” and doubles as a drain for rainwater, snow, and ice.
Thanks to our downtown Asheville neighbors Peter Laine and Constance Ensner, Dane and Cynthia Barrager, and an anonymous donor for making the prototype possible!
Renderings by Osgood Landscape Architecture.
We continue to seek additional funding to ensure the success of this project.
The Basket is dedicated in memory of TJ Holland, former Cultural Resources Supervisor, Junaluska Museum, and a proud member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Holland served on the Public Art Parklet + Basketry Exhibition Committee until his recent passing. Holland’s immeasurable contributions to the EBCI culture and community will continue to be recognized and honored through this project.
Outdoor workshop Mary Thompson hosted for members of the Design-Build Team.