The Rio Grande ARTway
The Rio Grande ARTway is a creative placemaking project that centers around a one mile stretch of non-motorized, paved trail running from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. The ARTway, a collaboration between the Carbondale Creative District, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and Carbondale Arts, is located in the section that runs through Carbondale, Colorado, a state certified Creative District. This linear park reflects the values and creativity that are important to the community. There are three parks slated for completion over the next three years: DeRail Park, at the entrance of this section of the Rio Grande Trail and Hwy. 133. The second park is the Latino Folk Art Garden, located at 7th Street, and the trail and the final project will be the Youth Art Park at 4th Street and the Rio Grande Trail. Community input, stakeholder groups and surveys have led to finished designs of DeRail Park and The Latino Folk Art Garden. Both are in process of weeding, clearing and planting.
Carbondale Arts has received a $20,000 grant for projects related to the Latino Folk Art Garden. The grant is called Arts In Society and comes from the RedLine Contemporary Art Center in Denver. RedLine’s mission is to “foster education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change.” The Latino Folk Art Garden is a creative placemaking project that brings together diverse communities to give voice to the importance of our Latino immigrant populations, as well as add interest, beauty and a place to enjoy along the Rio Grande Trail. Money from this grant will help foster several important art pieces within the garden including big clay pots for planting, a Latino History Story Sculpture, mosaic tables and benches and the beginning of our mural project. All money will be given to local artists and organizations to further economic development for these sectors within the Roaring Fork Valley.
DeRail Park, located at the intersection of the Rio Grande Trail, the Crystal Valley Trail and Hwy 133, will serve as the entrance to the Rio Grande ARTway. With sculpture, a shaded picnic space, landscaping, railway artifacts and a nod to our bicycle culture, DeRail Park will welcome visitors and embrace locals alike with a little preview of what Carbondale is all about.
DeRail Park is additionally funded and supported by MBS Associates, Carbondale Rotary, SGM, DHM Design, Wild Roots Landscaping.
Latino Folk Art Garden
The Latino Folk Art Garden is overseen by an involved group of Latino stakeholders and will include gardens, gathering spaces, mosaics and hammocks. It will also hold the Latino History Story Sculpture, which will focus on the contributions and history of our Latino community in the Roaring Fork Valley.
This park is funded by The Colorado Health Foundation and a grant from Garfield Healthy Communities Coalition. Collaborators include: The Valley Settlement Project, English In Action, Radio La Tricolor and El Montanes news.
Youth Art Park
Located behind the Carbondale Recreation Center at 4th Street and the Rio Grande Trail, The Youth Art Park will be created by the youth and for the youth. Featuring things like interactive sculpture, nature weaving, a bug hotel and winding paths and gardens, this place will be created to spark and feed the imagination of our children. The Youth Art Park will be in its planning phases throughout the winter of 2017 and spring of 2018.