For Immediate Release
April 21, 2017 Contact:
Ken Eastin, RLA, CA
Park Planner II
Parks and Recreation Department
Wilson Park Playground Closed as Park Renovations Continue
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville continues with playground renovations and road/drive way improvements in the northwest portion of Wilson Park. This work is expected to be complete by mid to late June. A grand opening will be scheduled in conjunction with a fiftieth birthday commemorative celebration for the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department.
The safety of the public during this construction is of utmost importance. Every effort is being made to minimize disturbance to park activities; however, it is necessary to close the entry drive and parking lot during construction. Please use caution while near the construction zone. Parking lots are open on the east side of the park near the castle and pool. On-street parking around the park is also available. The playground area is closed while contractors remove the existing playground structures and concrete slabs.
The play equipment is well over 20-years old and ready for replacement due to extensive wear and tear. The new playground facility will consolidate the two existing playgrounds into a more compact play area that will accommodate early childhood and intermediate users. It will consist of one large play structure offering a variety of opportunities for ages 5 to 12; a similar small play structure for ages 2 to 5; and a variety of freestanding components, games, and benches. The fall-zone areas beneath the play equipment will be surfaced with impact-absorbing, resilient rubber tiles for safety. The larger play structure will be located on the same site as the existing intermediate playground, while the smaller structure will be located east of the existing picnic shelter.
Additionally, the City will be constructing a separate musical playground made possible through a generous donation from local developer, Fadil Bayyari. This facility will consist of several freestanding, musically-tuned percussion instruments and a variety of drums – each offering a unique sound. The facility will be wheelchair accessible and will allow kids and adults of all abilities the opportunity to create music in an open-air setting. The musical playground will be located near the smaller playground, just east of the picnic shelter.
The adjacent parking lot and entry at the northwest section is being improved. The existing asphalt on the western entry from Prospect Street has been completely removed. Currently this area is receiving concrete curb and gutters prior to repaving. The drive will feature five designated parking spaces and the parking lot will be striped with designated spots to provide organized and efficient vehicle parking
Illustrations and information about the Wilson Park improvements can be viewed on this webpage
. If you have additional questions, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 479-444-3471. Thank you for your patience as we complete this project and improve Wilson Park!