The goal of the Vine Trail Coalition is to create more than just a great trail in a beautiful valley. We want the Vine Trail to be a world class experience for those that use it. The Vine Trail Arts, Culture and Education Committee is designing a number of experiential elements into the Trail including:
> Over 50 educational signs (listed in Appendix A) and outdoor classrooms
> Three Health and Wellness walking courses for users of all ages and abilities
> Landscaping, gardens, espaliers and other living representations of Napa Valley
> A children’s exploration experience
> A mobile App that provides fitness, docent, attraction and social media information about the Vine Trail and its events.
> A variety of temporary and permanent art installations, murals and cultural experiences that surprise and engage the users of the Trail over time.
> A permanent art program interpreting “Celebrations of Napa Valley” in each of the ten sections of the Trail.
Guiding Principles of the Vine Trail Arts Program
We are developing the Vine Trail Celebration Art Works Program and the other experiential elements of the Vine Trail with the following guiding principles in mind:
> The Arts, Culture and Education elements of the Vine Trail must support the overall Vine Trail principle to deliver a world class Trail for a world class Valley.
> As with all elements of the Vine Trail, our ACE programs must be open and inclusive of all our community, both in the creation and the use of these elements. All our elements should be able bodied, ADA and kid friendly.
> We want to specifically involve the youth of our community in the design process through apprentices in art creation
> Through these programs we seek to demonstrate the unique character of Napa Valley both in its terroir and its community
The Vine Trail Art Works Program: Celebrating Napa Valley
The ACE committee has selected the theme of Celebrations as the touchstone for the signature permanent art installations on the Trail. Each section of the Vine Trail will have at least one anchor installation celebrating a different aspect of what makes Napa Valley unique. These Celebrations are first and foremost about the emotions and imagery they reflect about the Napa Valley around them. Secondarily each installation may also have some intellectual or educational element of the Celebration but the ACE Educational signage program will cover the bulk of this kind of information.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail is a 47 mile hiking and biking trail that will extend from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal in Solano County to the City of Calistoga in northern Napa County. Along the way the Vine Trail will pass through the cities of American Canyon, Napa, Yountville and Saint Helena. Segments of the Trail are currently in design and construction, with 12.5 contiguous miles set to open in 2015 from Napa to Yountville. When completed the Vine Trail will be used over 3 million times per year by both local residents and visitors to the Napa Valley, making it one of the most popular multijurisdictional trails in all of California.
The Vine Trail project is being driven by the non-profit Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition, a group of over 30 organizations in Napa County that have come together to build the Trail. These organizations include:
> 5 agricultural interest groups (Napa Valley Vintners, Napa Valley Grapegrowers, Wine Growers of Napa County, Napa County Farm Bureau, Land Trust of Napa County)
> 12 public agencies (Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency, NCTPA/TAC Public Works Planners, City of Vallejo/Solano County, Active Transportation Advisory Committee, Napa County Planning Commission, Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District, Napa County Sheriff’s Department, Caltrans District 4, California Highway Patrol, City of Napa Police Department, Napa County Law Enforcement, California Department of Fish and Game)
> 6 commercial interest groups (Napa Valley Chambers of Commerce, Visit Napa Valley, Calistoga Vitality Group, Napa County Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, North bay Realtors/Napa Group, Cycling Businesses of Napa County)
> 3 environmental interest groups (Sustainable Napa County, Friends of the Napa River, Sierra Club Napa Group)
> 7 community interest groups (Health, Wellness and Medical Coalition, Napa County Youth Development/Safety Education, Safe Routes to School, Arts Council Napa Valley, Rotary Clubs of Napa Valley, Napa County Bicycle Coalition, Runners of Napa Valley)
The Vine Trail’s goal is to make walking and biking available to a much broader user group and in the process provide a new way to enjoy the vineyards and vistas that make the Napa Valley famous. To that end, the Vine Trail is divided into ten sections, each of which corresponds to and highlights the American Viticultural Area or city that it passes through.