Cultural Arts Corridor 

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    Peter Nierengarten
    Sustainability & Resilience


    Wade Abernathy
    Facilities Management

June 2021 update:

The Cultural Arts Corridor received a new name in June 2021 as a result of a public renaming campaign. Once the project is complete, it will be known as The Ramble. Additionally, assets within The Ramble that offer distinct experiences have received new names or have retained existing, historical names.

What is This Project? 

The Cultural Arts Corridor is a dynamic new 50-acre outdoor public space that will help to revitalize Fayetteville’s downtown area and create a destination for residents and visitors alike. Linking the City’s key cultural institutions—including the Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared, Nadine Baum Studios, Fayetteville Public Library, and the University of Arkansas’ Art and Design District—the corridor will showcase and celebrate local arts culture. It will also enhance civic space and serve as a catalyst for additional development and density in the downtown area, increasing bike trails and connections, and improving streets and walkability. This project is part of a Bond package approved by Fayetteville voters in April 2019. 

The plan for this transformative project is made possible by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation’s Design Excellence Program. Award-winning landscape architects Nelson Byrd Woltz (NBW) were selected to design the corridor.

Project Highlights

There are five primary elements included in plans for the Cultural Arts Corridor bond project:  The West Avenue Civic Space,  West Avenue streetscapes, The Fay Jones Woodland, The Razorback Greenway, and a new parking deck at the corner of West and Dickson streets. The work will be conducted in two phases.

Project budget use as of June 1, 2022

Pie chart showing 98.7 percent of the Cultural Arts Corridor Bond committed as of May 1, 2022
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What is the Current Status?

Phase One is Underway. Phase One of the Cultural Arts Corridor includes improvements to the Fay Jones Woods, Razorback Greenway Improvements, and West Avenue Civic Space, plus replacement parking, are currently underway. Phase One began construction in September, 2020. 

Video: watch the Cultural Arts Corridor Groundbreaking Ceremony.

When will it be completed? 

Bond Phase One Projects and Timeline

Replacement Parking:
Location: Depot lot at the NW corner of Dickson St. & West Ave.
Phase One Bond funding: $10 mil.

  • Design and Bidding: Summer 2020 - Summer 2021
  • Construction: Begins January 2022

Fay Jones Woods, Streetscapes and Trails
Phase One Bond funding: $10.3 mil.

  • Construction: Spring 2020 - May 2022

West Avenue Civic Plaza: Design only (Construction in Phase Two after completion of replacement parking)
Phase One Bond funding: $500,000

  • Design and Bidding: Summer 2021 - Fall 2022
  • Construction: Fall 2022 - Spring 2024

Phase Map and Timeline

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New Project phase map with parking location 8.14.20

Design and Construction Timeline - Click to enlarge

A timetable graph showing design and construction progress for Cultural Arts Corridor bond projects