The Art Walk at the Bradford Rail Trail is an effort by Team Haverhill, in cooperation with the Friends of the Bradford Rail Trail and the City of Haverhill, to add sculptures to the Bradford Rail Trail as an additional attraction to the area.
The Bradford Rail Trail is a half-mile path running along the Merrimack River between the Basiliere and the Comeau Bridges. In 2008, the City purchased the land compliments of a state grant and a donation from the Greater Haverhill Foundation. The City and the Friends of the Bradford Rail Trail, a volunteer group, created the path for pedestrians, cyclists, joggers and other non-motorized users.
The Trail will include a variety of features, including benches, historical and educational markers, and a beautiful mural called “Wildlife in the Merrimack River Watershed” already installed on the Arthur Sharp Building. Work continues on the Trail today with an official opening in 2015. The Friends of the Bradford Rail Trail invite volunteers to continue with additional work that remains to be done, including helping to keep the area trash-free.
The Art Walk’s vision is to include 2-3 large, permanent sculptures in addition to 2-3 slightly smaller and possibly rotating pieces. The installation will take place in 2015 in the final stages of the Trail’s construction. Sculptures selected for display will be chosen by a committee of volunteers and public input is anticipated.
Fundraising for the project is beginning now to allow time for the artists to be commissioned and craft their pieces. Pentucket Bank has generously stepped forward as the Corporate Sponsor of the Art Walk itself.
On November 16, 2013, Team Haverhill hosted an Auction Gala in support of the Art Walk at the Bradford Rail Trail at the Haverhill Country Club. Haverhill’s own Matt Noyes from NECN served as the MC and Auctioneer and the entertainment was provided by the Spotlight Playhouse. While final results are still being calculated by all accounts it was a successful and fun evening for all were able to attend!
Stay tuned in 2014 for the Call to Artists and more on the sculptures themselves!