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.
There are five primary elements included in plans for the Cultural Arts Corridor: 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. Phase One will begin construction in July, 2020.
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.
Fayetteville City Council approved two resolutions (below) authorizing the City to move forward with designs for the Cultural Arts Corridor.
Resolution 258-17, passed on Dec 5, 2017, accepted the $1.77 M grant from the Walton Family Foundation for the design of the Cultural Arts Corridor Project, which encompasses 12 acres of City-owned property in the Corridor, including the West Avenue parking lot.
Resolution 138-18, passed on June 19, 2018, hired Nelson Byrd Woltz for Phase One of the design of the Cultural Arts Corridor Project.