Kessler Mountain Regional Park
What is this project?Phase one of the new Kessler Mountain Regional Park, located at 2600 W. Judge Cummings Road has been completed. The official grand opening ceremony was held on August 20, 2016. The first phase of construction has six lighted soccer fields, four lighted baseball fields, two restroom/concession buildings, about 400 parking spaces, and other associated infrastructure including an entry road, water, electric, sewer lines, and a temporary trailhead access to the Kessler Mountain trails.
Future phases will include four additional baseball fields, four softball fields, a new trailhead with restrooms and pavilion, basketball courts, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a large pavilion, additional trails, and a playground.
Planning for the Kessler Mountain Regional Park has been underway since 2000. Through an exhaustive site selection process, this location was chosen and approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in 2003. The plan went through several development strategies, but in 2010 approximately 200 acres was generously donated by Chambers Bank for construction of the park.
Since that time and combined with overwhelming support of the public, an additional 350 acres of pristine Ozark forest adjacent to the park on Kessler Mountain was acquired. This terrain, combined with the Regional Park, includes vast open meadows, steep rolling hillsides, beautiful bluffs, and mature native forests filled with typical Ozark species including oaks, hickories, dogwoods and redbuds. Two intermittent streams flow through this property providing an invaluable supply of water for the wildlife residing on the site. This land is now preserved and will serve as a beautiful backdrop for Kessler Mountain Regional Park, as well as provide a natural playground and learning environment for our native flora and fauna.
At full build out, the Regional Park will be the largest multi-purpose park in the City of Fayetteville, will serve tens of thousands of citizens each year, and will generate significant revenue for the city through hosting tournaments and special events.