For over a year now, I’ve enjoyed walking the Crystal Bridges trail to watch the construction progress of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.
This one-mile trail is home to wildlife, sculptures and a Sky Space commissioned by James Turrell that allows visitors to experience the ever-changing aspects of light and space. There is an overlook that provides information about the construction and future of Crystal Bridges, which is set to open November 11, 2011. With the opening, Bentonville will be home to an art museum that will compete with national and international museums.
A wide variety of plants – from foreign to familiar – can be found on the trail. Ferns, honeysuckles and coneflowers line the entrance to the trail near Compton Gardens. Towering trees, the sweet scent of honeysuckles and a small creek are just a few things you’ll encounter along the trail.
Often deer can be spotted just off the path. They are not skittish and will allow you to get very close. A bike trail veers off the paved walking path for those who are feeling adventurous. The trail intermingles with the paved walkway. Dog-walkers, joggers, bikers and leisurely-strollers fill up the trail; skateboarders being the only shunned group.
Spirits are light for people on the trail. Everyone smiles and says hello as you walk by, and there is a palpable sense of community.
Crystal Bridges built the walking trail and donated it to the City of Bentonville.
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