The mission of the HARP Foundation is to secure funding to enhance and enrich the infrastructure of the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (HARP) and transform it into a cultural, educational, economic, recreational and social centerpiece for the citizens of Southern Colorado.
In 1991, a coalition of interested citizens conceived the creation of a Riverwalk through downtown Pueblo, Colorado modeled after the famous River Walk in San Antonio, Texas. These citizens labeled the project the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (HARP). In 1993, the City of Pueblo formed the HARP Commission to initiate a citizen-led fund-raising drive and to oversee the construction process of the city-owned project. Upon completion of Phase I construction, the City of Pueblo dissolved the HARP Commission and a new entity, the HARP Authority, was formed through an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Pueblo Board of Water Works and the Pueblo Conservancy District to assume responsibility of the daily operations of the Riverwalk.
The HARP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was created on February 28, 1995, for the purpose of soliciting funds from the public and private sectors to help finance the beautification of the Riverwalk and enhance its basic infrastructure. In November of 1995, the citizens of Pueblo passed a 20-year, $12.85 million bond issue to build the basic infrastructure of the Riverwalk. Groundbreaking for construction took place on September 27, 1996. The HARP Foundation officially kicked off the initial capital campaign on August 15, 1996, and completed raising the needed $8 million to complete phases I and II of HARP by the fall of 2000. HARP was officially dedicated and opened to the public on October 6, 2000.
"The Riverwalk is a beautiful place to walk with art to enjoy, places to eat and places to drink. There are benches located all along the way to sit and to rest, if needed. There are also gondola and a boat to ride at a decent price." - Tina Wilson
"It's a great experience with lots of history I didn't even know about Pueblo. I did the boat ride and learned so much. I recommend it for everyone! Even for people from other cities in Colorado and other states." - Toni Marquez
"I enjoy going to the riverwalk quite a bit. I walk my dog there and I have eaten at all the restaurants. What I also really like is how clean it is all the time. I will continue coming here. I love it! ❤️" - Laurie Ward
"I love it, it's a beautiful place to walk with kids, family, or just to go and relax sit on the grass and enjoy an ice cream, watching my kids rolling on the grass hill" - Martha Vian Morales
"The riverwalk in Pueblo is a surprising oasis where you can relax and enjoy good food! Very well done Pueblo!!" - Doug King
"My family loves the Riverwalk! It is the best place in Pueblo to go for live entertainment, delicious food, seasonal events and beautiful views while strolling beside the slow flowing water. We highly recommend visiting this peaceful but highly entertaining attraction in our city!" - Amanda Colletti
"Love the Riverwalk! A most beautiful, peaceful and safe place to share with family and friends! Pueblo's Riverwalk has become a favorite location in our beautiful city!" - Patsy Lopez
"I come into Pueblo from out of town to visit this area. The Riverwalk is lovely and peaceful. A great place to sit and have a bag lunch and relax. The sculptures throughout the walk give the feeling that you're seeing part canal and part museum. Beautiful work of wildlife and of people using the park (children with hoses in bronze). We happened to go last time before heading to the Pueblo Chile Festival, which was a nice way to start the morning before the hustle and bustle of the festival itself. There is a boat that takes visitors along the Rivewalk waterway, and many times entertainment at various pavilions along the walk." - Pauline Easter