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Festival Park

Corner of Ray Avenue & Rowan Street

City of Fayetteville

Clark Nexsen (formerly Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee) and SfL+a Architects

Fleming & Associates, PA

COFPlacemakingFestival_Park2sPROJECT PROFILE
Festival Park sits on 14 acres and has a seating capacity of 15,000 people. The site was formerly a coal de-gasification operation. Decontamination was completed in 2004. The site is bounded by a major thoroughfare, an active rail line and a city street, and is subject to seasonal flooding from a creek that bisects the site. These physical features greatly influenced the design process.

The impressive performance pavilion provides an outdoor, multi-use performance space and is comprised of a raised, covered stage; back-of-house functions in a simple, rectangular extrusion. When not in use, the pavilion appears more like public art, than an empty stage. The back-of-house functions slide to one side, allowing an open view through to the backdrop of trees.


  • 2009 Inform Magazine Design Award
  • 2008 AIA Triangle Honor Award
  • 2007 AIA North Carolina Merit Award