The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (HARP) is a 32 acre urban waterfront experience open to the public daily. The Riverwalk returned the river to its historic location in the heart of downtown Pueblo, after being diverted in the 1920s due to a devastating flood that destroyed much of Pueblo. The Riverwalk’s current location serves the community by revitalizing a segment of the downtown area that was previously unsightly and unusable. This urban development transforms the community and has been vital in attracting new businesses, thereby helping to stabilize the economic base of the city.
The Arkansas River has been the lifeblood of Pueblo for over 300 years. Native Americans followed the river for hunting and trapping. Early settlers came as sheepherders and cattlemen. Agriculture blossomed in Pueblo’s warmer climate and the steel industry used the bountiful water resources to build a massive manufacturing center. Four nations have claimed ownership over the Arkansas River at the current location of the Riverwalk; Mexico, Spain, France and the Republic of Texas.
The original Arkansas River stone has been incorporated into the wall design, creating a historic setting and theme which is carried throughout the project. Along the river channel several signature construction projects add to the ambiance.
Begin your tour at Kelly Falls, at the base of the Union Avenue Historic District. As you stroll along the riverfront you will encounter plazas perfect for special family gatherings, private celebrations, festivals and community events. Many of the features at the Riverwalk are possible through the generous contributions of area families and grants from major foundations.
Along the Riverwalk, take a minute to enjoy the diverse sculptures, statues, and ceramic murals that enhance the experience of the area. Over 25 bronze animals are embedded in the landscape along the pedestrian path. Stone and bronze fountains, indigenous plants and hand-carved benches create the cultural interest and peaceful tranquility that visitors enjoy.
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