Mission of the Main Street Central Park

The mission of the Main Street Central Park project is to promote good business through good design. The Spruce Pine Main Street Economic Revitalization Committee will spur new growth, redevelopment, and reinvestment in the downtown commercial district of a small, naturally abundant mountain community.

Spruce Pine Main Street Central Park
The Central Park project will revitalize a downtown commercial site rendered vacant by a catastrophic fire in August 2007. From the ashes of this devastating event rose an opportunity for the community to re-envision the economic future of the downtown commercial district. This vision was shared with the Appalachian State University Department of Technology and Environmental Design who worked collaboratively on the development and created the design of this project.

In 2008, the Cooper Report created a roadmap for growth in Spruce Pine. Working with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler STAR team in 2011, the SPMS Economic Renewal Committee identified pressing community needs for public restrooms, a visitor's information center, and a central downtown location for public events and festivals. The idea for a Central Park was planted.