10 - Rail Trail Symphony

Out of over 1,000 applications, the Rail Trail Trail Symphony was selected as one of the winners of the KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge.  

At the Blue Line's New Bern Station, next to the B-Cycle, a patch of grass has been transformed into a lively place inviting self-expression and exercise for the mind and body. Rail Trail Symphony is an installation of colorful, musical instruments offering an exciting interlude in daily routines and bridges social divides by encouraging collaborative jam sessions with neighbors.  Easily accessible to a wide range of kids and families, Rail Trail Symphony's open invitation to play fosters connections through music and interaction.

Implementation was completed in partnership with the City of Charlotte, Historic South End, Playmore Design Corporation, DRUMSTRONG and ACSM in collaboration with C3 Lab, as well as Pacific Builders, who has graciously donated their time to this project.

Students and families at the Bethlehem Center also joined the Rail Trail for a musical workshop to gather input for the project and enjoy a fun, musical exercise! 

In addition, students from the Advertising + Graphic Design Program at Central Piedmont Community College designed and painted a mural for the project.  The mural - “Soundwave Art” - is a visual representation of the word KaBOOM!  This colorful artwork complements the fun musical instruments, stage and seating, inviting trail users to stop, play and interact with others. BIG thanks to the talented students - Sara Custer, Miranda Davis, Karen Giselle Morales, Lorena Munoz, Lisbeth Ramirez and Anna Spence, led by Professor Kenn Compton.