Gulley Park Master Plan

Gulley Property Expansion

What is this project?

Acquisition of this property included two adjacent residential homes which the City placed on the market for public sale. The larger of the two homes included a barn. An offer was made on this property by Apple Seeds, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to the inspiration of healthy living through garden-based education. As a stipulation of the offer, Apple Seeds requested a twenty-year lease of an adjacent two acres for the establishment of an interpretive teaching farm. It was determined that this mission of Apple Seeds coincided with ideas favored by the City of Fayetteville and the Parks and Recreation Department to establish public gardens and orchards, provide education and interpretation of fresh food sourcing, and increase public knowledge on farm to table food processing. Because the mission and ideas of Apple Seeds complemented these objectives, the City agreed to the sale and two-acre lease. The Parks and Recreation Department is excited about this opportunity and looks forward to an educational and management partnership with Apple Seeds, Inc.

Since the property acquisition, many thoughts and ideas have been discussed regarding developed use of the remaining property, in addition to revised plans for all of Gulley Park. On March 10, 2016, a public meeting was held specifically to listen to citizen ideas in an effort to determine park user preferences for use of Gulley Park. Specific development ideas resulting from discussions at the public meeting, as well as written and emailed comments, have been evaluated and many were incorporated into the master plan for future development.

Three different conceptual options have been developed in order to gauge preferences. These options mainly differ in the proposed location of a possible splash-pad. Drafts of the three concepts have been prepared and were available for public review and comment. Comments were taken until Friday, August 19th. At this time, all input is being evaluated and considered for the final master plan. Once completed, the final plan will be posted here for future reference.
In 2014, the City of Fayetteville acquired approximately 10 acres of land north of the existing 28-acre Gulley Park. Friends of Gulley Park, a citizen group formed to assist in fundraising for the purchase, partnered with the City to acquire the property. This gently sloped, open land has most recently been used as pasture. It is situated adjacent to a large open area of the park and will greatly expand potential recreational opportunities, particularly with regard to open space possibilities.

Gulley Park Draft Master Plans

The following plans are conceptual and intended to indicate the primary use areas throughout the park. Although new areas of activity have been introduced, it is also important to preserve the open space of the park, as well as provide isolated areas of quiet and solitude.

Please note the main difference between the following three options is the location of the proposed splashpad. Previous public comments on these concepts will be evaluated and considered for incorporation into a final master plan. Once available, the proposed draft plan will be posted here for additional public comment.

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Option 1

Option 1

Option 2

Option 2

Option 3

Option 3