FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 2, 2022
Contact: Joanna Bell
Arts and Culture Director
Parks, Natural Resources and Cultural Affairs
Lower Ramble opening celebration set for Sept. 8
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville is excited to announce the opening of the Lower Ramble, an important milestone in Phase One of The Ramble project. In celebration of this milestone, the public is cordially invited to attend an opening ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 4:45 p.m.
The event will begin at the Canopy Overlook with brief remarks from Mayor Lioneld Jordan and other speakers. Afterward, attendees will be invited to participate in a self-guided stroll through the Lower Ramble. This walk through the Fay Jones Woods will feature docents, highlighting features and improvements achieved by the project, with entertainment from local performers and artists, including several ensembles of musicians from the University of Arkansas Music Department.
The Canopy Overlook is a short distance from the Lower Ramble access point located just off S. West Ave. This access point is across the street from the surface parking lot south of the Fayetteville Public Library. The trail leading to the Canopy Overlook from the access point on S. West Ave. is paved, and attendees should plan for a brief (two to three minute) walk to reach the event site. Directional signs and City staff will be stationed throughout the area to help attendees find their way.
The Ramble is a dynamic 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, it will showcase and celebrate local arts culture. It will serve as a catalyst for additional development and density in the downtown area, increasing bike trails and connections, and improving streets and walkability.
Within The Ramble, areas north of Center St. will be referenced as the Upper Ramble and areas south of Center St. will be referenced as the Lower Ramble. The Lower Ramble features many new destinations, including the Fay Jones Woods, an upgraded section of The Razorback Greenway and the Tanglewood Branch Creek and Tanglewood Lawn.
This project is part of a bond package approved by Fayetteville voters in April 2019. The plan for this transformative project was made possible by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation’s Design Excellence Program. To learn more about this project, go to: https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/3456/Cultural-Arts-Corridor.