A planned Johnny Cash-themed hiking and bicycle trail in Folsom is starting to get some national attention. The Wall Street Journal ran a piece on the city’s project.
But now some neighbors are questioning if a statue of the late folk singer will draw too many tourists.
The Johnny Cash Bridge, complete with fake guard towers, has already been built. But the trail is expected to expand with several major art pieces coming in.
The city of Folsom has decided to capitalize on the fame of the “Folsom Prison Blues” song and later album recorded at the prison, with a tribute trail to the late songwriter.
“We decided that a public art installation that would celebrate his concert that made not only the prison famous but made the city famous, it reinvigorated his career, that would be a very appropriate way to do that,” said Robert Goss, Folsom’s parks and recreation director.
Goss added that eight art pieces are in the works, including a 40-foot steel sculpture of the man in black.
“They’re inspired, I think they’re respectful to Johnny’s career,” he said.
But not everyone is falling into a ring of fire over the idea. Some neighbors, like Gloria Hays who lives across Natoma Street, worry the Cash artwork will attract too many tourists.
“The parking, I don’t want people to park all up in front of our houses, I just think it’s going to be a traffic jam too… People get carried away and want to park in your driveway sort of, you know I don’t want that to happen,” Hays told FOX40.
But Goss said some parking spots will be included in the project.
Some also worry people may get too close to the prison’s perimeter fence and may even try to throw contraband over the wall. But Goss says the public won’t get anywhere near it, and signs will keep the public on the trail.
“There is no security concern, otherwise Folsom Prison and the California Department of Corrections, they wouldn’t let us do the project if they were really worried about significant concerns. Frankly it’s pretty obvious what’s part of the public property and what’s prison property,” Goss told FOX40.
The City of Folsom is still trying to secure all the funding for the art projects along the trail. Donations to the project can be given at: http://www.folsomcasharttrail.com/