FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2018
Contact: Peter Nierengarten
Director of Sustainability
Public Invited to Give Input on Concept Sketches of Cultural Arts Corridor
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.— The City of Fayetteville is seeking a second round of public input for the Cultural Arts Corridor. Landscape architects Nelson Byrd Woltz (NBW) will give a presentation on survey results and how those shaped the elements featured in concept sketches. Community art consultants Forecast Public Art will also give a brief presentation followed by a community input session. The sessions will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fayetteville High School Cafeteria (Use Stadium Drive parking lot, north of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard)
Wednesday, October 10, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Fayetteville Public Library, Willard and Pat Walker Community Room (401 W. Mountain St.)
The architects will return in December with a design based on feedback received during public input sessions and online surveys. Additional public sessions will be held to help guide the final design. The design will incorporate playful recreation elements, public art, streetscaping, enhanced pedestrian paths, and open-air gathering spaces while integrating the natural landscape with the urban. When complete, the corridor will serve as a vibrant and memorable civic space for entertainment, community, and expression that also showcases the unique character and culture of Fayetteville. Information can be found at www.fayetteville-ar.gov/culturalartscorridor and on the City’s new public engagement portal Speak Up Fayetteville.
The Cultural Arts Corridor project will be part of the City’s capital projects presented as a bond to Fayetteville voters in a 2019 special election. If passed, construction could begin in 2020. The area will link cultural attractions—including the Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared’s new performing arts venue, Nadine Baum Studios, Fayetteville Public Library, and the undeveloped Fay Jones Parkland—and activate the outdoor environment between Dickson and Prairie Streets along the Razorback Greenway and beyond.
This project is made possible by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation’s Design Excellence Program. Award-winning landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz were selected to facilitate the design process and project.