Hazard, KY (population 5,500) is part of the federal government’s southeast Kentucky Promise Zone designation. Hazard’s River Arts Greenway Project will develop land along the north fork of the Kentucky River. Pathfinders of Perry County proposes to engage artists in the completion of the design for the development, which will incorporating landscape design, public art, and spaces for performance and temporary installations alongside community and ornamental gardens and a walking path. Once the Greenway is open, Pathfinders would lead programming throughout the space, which would include a welding rodeo where artists and coal miners collaborate on making sculptures out of scrap and reclaimed materials. The project also calls for the re-conception and repurposing of an abandoned parking structure. Pathfinders would create a youth, peer-exchange program with Louisville, KY and would establish a partnership with Eastern Kentucky University around the new Wealth Works economic development model that identifies eight types of community capital.
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