October 19, 2021
Contact: Matt Mihalevich
City of Fayetteville
City of Fayetteville Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Opening of Clabber Creek Trail Extension
FAYETTEVILLE—The City of Fayetteville will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on October 25, 2021, to celebrate completion of a 1.4-mile extension to the Clabber Creek Trail. With this work completed, Clabber Creek is now a 3-mile trail that passes through Underwood Park and provides access to thousands of area residents and two schools.
The new section of trail begins near the Gary Hampton Softball Complex and extends through Underwood Park, then north along the west side of Deane Solomon Road where it turns back east to end at Truckers Drive.
The ceremony will take place at the beginning of the new section of trail near Gary Hampton Softball Complex. Participants are recommended to park at 2861 N. Raven Lane and access the Clabber Creek trail using the new neighborhood connection, or alternately they may park at Gary Hampton Softball Complex and walk east along the trail to the ribbon-cutting site. Participants may be walking or standing on uneven ground; appropriate footwear is recommended.
The new trail section includes motion-sensitive flashing lights at two crosswalks. This feature helps to accommodate people of all ages and abilities by guaranteeing the lights are flashing every time someone is ready to cross without requiring a button be pushed to activate them. A rest area was installed in the new park and includes a hydration station provided in partnership with the Beaver Water District that features a water bottle filler and dog bowl.
The Clabber Creek corridor has wide riparian areas with wetlands. This biologically diverse corridor is important for protecting water quality and providing wildlife habitat. The new trail was designed to protect sensitive environmental areas while allowing access for people to enjoy these beautiful spaces. One example is where the trail crosses a spring-fed tributary near Trucker Drive, a 50-foot span bridge was installed leaving the stream and banks untouched
Presenters at the ribbon-cutting will include Fayetteville Mayor Lionel Jordan; City of Fayetteville Trails Coordinator Matt Mihalevich; Amy Wilson, director of public affairs for the Beaver Water District; and Craig and Laura Underwood, who donated 38 acres of the land that now comprises the 58-acre Underwood Park.
Additional information about this and other trail improvement projects underway for the City of Fayetteville can be found at https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/1261/Trail-Construction-Program.