May 11, 2022 - News

Fayetteville finishing phase one of arts corridor project The Ramble

Construction at the Fay Jones Woods is coming along. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

Fayetteville is wrapping up the first phase of its cultural arts corridor project, The Ramble.

State of play: Phase one includes paved walkways, an intersection with the Razorback Greenway, and spaces for art installations or activities, like musical performances or yoga, throughout Fay Jones Woods.

  • It also includes the restoration of Tanglewood Branch Creek and adding sidewalks and lighting to West Avenue.
  • Phase one should be complete by the end of June, Peter Nierengarten, environmental director for the city, said Monday during a hard hat tour of the corridor.

The big picture: The arts corridor is meant to create outdoor public spaces that celebrate art and encourage biking and walking.

  • The whole project takes up about 50 acres downtown, purposefully around flagship arts and cultural establishments like the Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared and the Fayetteville Public Library.

By the numbers: Voters approved about $31.7 million in 2019 to build the corridor. It was a part of the 2019 bond issue which totaled about $226 million.

  • The Walton Family Foundation gave the city about $1.7 million in 2017 to design the project.

What's next: You'll see the Walton Arts Center parking lot transformed into a civic plaza with green space. But you'll be able to park in a new parking garage across the street.


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