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 will also include public art installments themed around and honoring the life and legacy of the musician. Click to watch the video:

Johnny Cash Art Trail

Phase I of The Johnny Cash Trail opened for public use in October 2014. This 1.5-mile segment of trail connects the Folsom Lake Crossing Trail by way of the new bike/pedestrian overcrossing. The design and architecture of the bridge mimics that of Folsom Prison, with turreted towers anchoring both sides. 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.

Ground-breaking on Phase II is expected in February 2017 with completion anticipated in September/October. The first visible construction will be the tunnel under Prison Road. Second is the focus on the 190-foot bridge over the ravine behind the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. The bridge is technically two bridges; one, a 40-foot traditional deck and girder system; the other, a 150-foot laminated wood, arch where the bridge deck hangs from the arches. It will be a stunning addition and a hidden gem on the city’s trail system.

Johnny Cash Trail * Art ExperienceOnce complete, the Johnny Cash Trail will connect the Folsom Historic District with Folsom Lake, as well as neighboring communities in Placer and El Dorado Counties. The majority of Phase II will be built on Folsom State Prison property. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has been a generous partner, granting the City of Folsom with an easement for the trail. Funding for Phase II is provided by two federal grants and a five-year loan from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG).

The entire Johnny Cash Trail is expected to be completed in 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. Trail users will be able to enjoy expansive views of the American River and Lake Natoma as they travel along the bridge.

City staff have begun to plan the ribbon cutting celebration. Key ideas in the works include a fund raising component. A community walk/run over the entire trail including a loop over the American River with the obvious theme of the Man in Black. Also, an evening dinner on the bridge is being considered. The bridge can accommodate approximately 200 seated guests, making for an elegant and unique experience. Click here to learn more about the trail:

Donor Wall Plaques Now Available: Johnny Cash Donor Wall Plaque * Now AvailablePurchase 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 and 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 on the wall within 45 days of purchase; your tax-deductible contribution will help fund the art and park that will become part of the Johnny Cash Trail experience.

Think of the donor wall as a “buy-a-brick” program. The five, free-standing steel walls feature steel plates of various sizes and denominations available for purchase by individuals, families, businesses and community organizations. The steel used is the same as the Johnny Cash Bridge and will patina in a short period of time to a similar natural rust tone. Prices of donor plates range from $1,250 to $10,000. Adan Romo of Sacramento, one of the two featured artists of the project, is under contract to fabricate and install the wall. The wall is expected to be complete in late January or February 2018. Plates already purchased will be installed immediately.

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The Folsom Arts Association continues its partnership with the city of Folsom to support the Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience Project in the City of Folsom. This project has the opportunity to bring the visual arts to the center of attention in our community. The FAA strives to promote appreciation of and participation in the visual arts and believes that this project will have a far-reaching effect.

Funding opportunities for the Art Experience are available to both corporate and grassroots levels, so that all art and music enthusiasts can show their support. Donations may be made through the Folsom Arts Association, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

City of Folsom - Folsom Parks and RecreationFor more information about the Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience Project, visit the website.

Updated: January 1, 2017