The Railyard Stewards

The results are in for our “Name the Gorilla” contest for the Railyard Park Blue Gorilla. We tasked local elementary school classrooms with the challenge of submitting a name for the new sculpture, and we received dozens of submissions. It was a difficult choice with so many fitting names. The winning classroom will receive a $250 prize sponsored by Barker Realty, and the second place winners (we had a tie!) will receive $100 each, sponsored by PK Public Relations.

(Drumroll, please.)

1st Place: “Zubachi” from Ms. Amy Stone’s 4th grade class at Acequia Madre Elementary School!
“Zu creates a very likeable, easy going and good-natured personality with a love for people and the word “bachi”, in Japanese, means to treat others how you would like to be treated in return”, states Stone. “My students feel “Zubachi” will have a significant amount of visitors in the park so he must have a good natured personality and, to represent an ever growing problem in our community, Zubachi will represent anti-bullying and show that it is important to treat others the way you want to be treated”.

Tied for 2nd Place: “Azulito” from Mr. Lopez’s mixed special education class from Cesar Chavez Community School!

Tied for 2nd Place: “King Kar” from Mr. Stiewing’s 3rd/4th grade class from Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences!

Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to all classrooms who submitted a name!


OUR MISSION: To provide community stewardship and advocacy for the care and programming of the Railyard Park and Plaza.

OUR VISION: To build a vibrant, beautiful, popular and safe community gathering place representing the history, values and aspirations of the people of Santa Fe.

OUR RESPONSIBILITY: To ensure that the Railyard Park and Plaza are maintained in perpetuity “as a park, open space, community gathering place, Rail Line corridor, trail corridor and plaza area,” as designated in the Railyard Master Plan.

Who Are the Stewards?

The Railyard Stewards is a local organization working in partnership with the City of Santa Fe in a unique care, conservation and education effort to encourage residents to actively participate in our newest and largest city park and adjacent community plaza.  The Stewards was originally a program under the nonprofit Trust for Public Land.  The Railyard Stewards serve as the community ‘friends of’ group of the Railyard Park + Plaza in Santa Fe.

The Railyard Stewards is modeled after such successful stewardship groups as New York’s Central Park Conservancy. The Stewards support the City of Santa Fe’s regular park maintenance by providing specialized care of the park’s ornamental gardens; coordinating extensive community outreach programs; and maintaining ongoing oversight of the park’s horticultural programs and design.

Volunteers Matter

The Stewards rely on community volunteers to fulfill the following goals:

Care for the Land: To advocate and provide resources for the maintenance and enhancement of the Railyard Park and Plaza landscape according to the highest standards of excellence.

Focus on the Visitor: To develop event and educational programming that provides opportunities for diverse visitor experiences that encourage repeat, year-round visitation.

Foster Community Ownership and Partnership: To build a network of volunteers who advocate for and work to sustain the Railyard Park and Plaza in perpetuity

Fund the Future: To raise sufficient funds to support the ongoing care and enhancement of the Railyard Park and Plaza


Meet our team!


Learn about our work in the community – click here.


Phone: (505) 316-3596


Address: 805 Early Street, 204 B, Santa Fe, NM 87505

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