Asheville Citizen-Times: Asheville approves plan for $13M park on ‘Pit of Despair’ site (30 October 2020)

A property called 68 Haywood St., the empty lot across the street from the Harrah's Cherokee Center and better known as the "Pit of Despair," is used as a staging area for  construction along Haywood Street on Oct. 6, 2020.

Prior to the Oct. 27 vote, Andrew Fletcher, former chair of the advisory team, acknowledged current economic uncertainty but said the approved plan could bring outside money.

“Making funding choices will be hard, but a beautiful plan will collect momentum and funding in ways that an empty gravel lot can never do,” Fletcher said.