FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2020
Contact: Connie Edmonston
Parks and Recreation Director
City of Fayetteville Receives a 38 Acre Donation for Underwood Park
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville is pleased to announce the donation to the City of 38 acres of land west of Dean Solomon Road from Craig and Laura Underwood to establish a new park. The Underwoods’ donation comprises over 57% of what will eventually become a 65-acre park which will serve the planned 602 multi-family units being constructed nearby as well the entire City as a community park. The new Underwood Park will be opening to the public in early spring of 2021.
Mayor Lioneld Jordan stated, “Fayetteville’s parks are a key part of our city’s identity and culture. With this generous donation from the Underwood family, we can extend the benefit of our parks into a part of our community that has been in need of the recreation and health benefits natural spaces provide. We are enormously grateful to the Underwoods for their unflagging support for and commitment to this community.”
The new park will eliminate the park service gap in the northwest area of Fayetteville, as requested by many citizens throughout the years. When completed, it will be a unique community park with a conservation theme, providing the people of Fayetteville with some of their stated highest priorities for parks, including facilities that support an active lifestyle and closeness with nature. Additionally, this park is well suited to help form a significant extension of Clabber Creek Trail, adding further value to the community.
On October 6, 2020, City Council unanimously approved to name the park in honor of the Underwoods’ significant donation of land as well as their long history of providing exceptional service to the Fayetteville parks system. The family has allowed recreational trails to be located on their property adjacent to Mount Sequoyah Park at no cost to the City or the people of Fayetteville and assisted in donating the hand-crafted Underwood-Lindsey pavilion located in Mount Sequoyah Park itself. Laura Underwood served as president, and as a member of the board of the non-profit Friends of the Yvonne Richardson Community Center (YRCC) and was awarded the Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association Volunteer of the Year in 2018 for her achievements and dedication. She also served the Fayetteville community as a member of the Fayetteville Public Schools Board of Education.
Director of Parks and Recreation Connie Edmonston stated, “We are extremely grateful for the passion and dedication the Underwoods have for Parks and Recreation and the people of the City of Fayetteville. With this park land donation, they are providing natural assets for our community to enjoy for generations to come.”
Craig Underwood stated, “Laura and I are so happy we are able to share this beautiful piece of land with the residents of Northwest Arkansas. We have great memories of raising our three boys around Gulley Park, where we had family outings, birthday parties and our oldest son even learned to ride his bike there. With the new Underwood Park, we’re hopping other families will have to opportunity to build fond family memories of their own.”
Additional information about the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation department is available at www.fayetteville-ar.gov/parks.