You can be a part of this amazing project; contributions may be made through the Folsom Arts Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Click the "donate" button above to learn more.
Phase I of The Johnny Cash Trail opened for public use with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 4, 2014. This 1.5-mile segment of trail connects the popular Folsom Lake Crossing Trail by way of the new bike/pedestrian overcrossing that soars over the four lanes of traffic. The overcrossing connects to the new trail segment on the opposite side, keeping cyclists and pedestrians safely set back from Natoma Street.
The design and architecture of the bridge mimics that of Folsom Prison, with turreted towers anchoring both sides. This section of trail is unique since it travels over Folsom State Prison property. Cash's signature song, "Folsom Prison Blues," created worldwide name recognition for the city, and thus it seemed only natural that the trail meandering past the prison would be named in honor of The Man in Black.
"His connection and our family's connection will go on in a most beautiful way with the City of Folsom," said Rosanne Cash in her trail dedication comments, "Now this beauty and this connection to nature that he loved so much are going to be here forever."
The entire Johnny Cash Trail is expected to be completed in late 2016 or early 2017, when the remaining 1.5-mile Phase II segment is finished. Phase II begins at Cimmaron Circle and includes an undercrossing at Prison Road. The trail will continue behind the City Hall complex, where a 190-foot-long wood bridge will provide unprecedented views of the American River and Lake Natoma. The trail provides access to Folsom's rich Historic District and the extensive American River Parkway trail.
The Johnny Cash Trail will also include public art installments themed around and honoring the life and legacy of the musician.
The Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience will be a world-class public art project that celebrates Cash's musical career and ties to the community with art installations integrated into the trail landscaping. A two-acre Art Park is also planned. When completed, the Johnny Cash Trail and Art Experience will undoubtedly become a popular tourist destination, drawing visitors from near and far.
The eight pieces that comprise the collection are the result of a national call for entries, juried by a 12-member Art Selection Panel including Cindy Cash, and approved by the Folsom City Council. The principal artist team is Sacramento-based Romo Studios, LLC, commissioned to create seven art installations totaling approximately $1.75 million. The second artist team is the Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt Amrany, from Illinios, who will be commissioned to create one art installation totaling approximately $450,000 (see details and renderings below). RRM Design Group of San Luis Obispo was selected to design a 2-acre art park and to integrate the public art pieces into the trail landscaping, for a project total of $4-5 million.
To enhance the Art Experience, all of the installations include smart phone apps and audio designed by Tonic Group Design Studio of New York. This technology will bring each piece to life as it incorporates Cash's music, historical documentary information, and interactive elements.
This fall, Folsom Parks & Recreation will launch an innovative fund-raising campaign for the Art Experience. The goal is to complete the art project in less than five years.
For Your Family, Community Group or Business
Purchase a commemorative plaque on the Johnny Cash Art Trail donor wall and show your support for this unique, world-class public art project! The donor wall will be installed in September along the trail near the Johnny Cash Bridge, overlooking the future site of the Legacy Park. The steel wall is comprised of five panels ranging in height from 3 to 7 feet. Donor plaques are available in four sizes and will be installed within 45 days of purchase. Your tax-deductible contribution will help fund the art and park that will become part of the Johnny Cash Art Trail experience. Learn more and purchase your plaque today!