This Sept. 13-14, Santa Fe, N.M. will celebrate the grand opening of its 50-acre Railyard, encompassing the city’s newest arts and culture corridor as well as social, commercial and residential district in downtown.
“This is an exciting time as plans are made for the grand opening of the Santa Fe Railyard,” said Santa Fe mayor David Coss. “On Sept. 13 and 14 we will celebrate a vibrant new gathering place that will connect east, west, north and south, a community dream 20 years in the making.”
Locals and visitors alike are welcome at the free, public grand opening which features live, local and regional music, food and family-friendly activities. Other events include a free movie screening at the new Railyard Park; children’s art programs; car displays; the arrival of the Rail Runner Express; and free, short train rides aboard the Santa Fe Southern Railway,
Guests are encouraged to explore the new Railyard, which includes a 12-acre Railyard Park and Plaza at its south end and a historic depot at its north end. Railyard retailers and nonprofits, including the Santa Fe Farmers Market, Warehouse 21, El Museo Cultural and SITE Santa Fe, will also be open for business during the grand opening. Plans for free bus service and other special transportation options to the event are also in the works.
“The debut of Santa Fe’s new central park, plaza and walk/bike trails at the Railyard will provide Santa Feans with healthy new options for enjoying time and activity with family and friends,” added Jenny Parks, state director of the New Mexico office of The Trust for Public Land (TPL). The TPL is developing the 12-acre Railyard Park and Plaza on the city’s behalf.
The Railyard is the result of a public-private partnership between the City of Santa Fe, TPL and nonprofit Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation and symbolizes a six-year, $125 million investment. The city purchased the 50-acre Railyard in 1995.
Today, the Railyard combines commercial, residential and nonprofit entities over 12 acres of beautiful parklands and public gathering spaces. The new Railyard offers diverse attractions that include biking, dining, movies, art exhibits, a farmers market, public performances and more. With the historic train depot designated as a stop for the new Rail Runner Express, and the longtime hub of the Santa Fe Southern Railway, the area is poised to become a center of transportation, business, and tourism for the entire state.