FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2021
Contact: Connie Edmonston
Parks and Recreation Director
City of Fayetteville Opens Underwood Park to the Public
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville is pleased to announce the May 7 opening of our newest community park – Underwood Park – which is located on the site of the former Razorback golf course west of Dean Solomon Road. The land available for use at this time totals 58 acres and consists of 38 acres park land donated by Craig and Laura Underwood as well as leased land that enables use of cart paths, left over from the golf course, as unimproved walking trails. In February, the City entered into a Park Land License Agreement with the Underwoods to allow 20 acres that adjoin the 38 acres of current park land to be used by the public for recreational purposes at no cost to the City. As city development progresses to the south, additional land will be dedicated in order to meet the City of Fayettevllle’s park land dedication requirement. This will eventually expand Underwood Park to a total of 65.54 acres, which is more than half the old Razorback Golf course.
When visiting, please respect the park boundaries and do not enter areas south of the park. The publicly accessible area includes two small ponds on the northern part of the property, but not the larger pond to the south. No-trespassing signs are placed around the southern border of the park identifying areas that are private property.
This park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. Other park rules include pets must be on a leash. Smoking, alcohol, and firearms are not permitted. Overnight camping is not allowed. Please stay on the trails. Some trails may be under water when there is rain. The trails and old golf course bridges are primitive and park patrons are urged to use caution when utilizing them. This area has historically been known for having water snakes, so please be watchful.
The park entrance is located on the northeast side of the park via the white entry gate off Deane Solomon Rd. There is no access to the park from the south, as the south side of the former Razorback golf course is private property. There is currently no parking allowed within the park, so visitors are encouraged to walk or bike there, or to park on the surrounding streets near the NE entrance. Please do not block entries to the homes in the neighborhood. The Clabber Creek bike trail is under construction and soon will provide greater access to the park.
Parks and Recreation will hold public meetings in order to gather input from residents in creating a Master Plan for future development of Underwood Park. No dates have been set for these meetings, but the public are welcome to email ideas to the Parks Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information about the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation department is available at www.fayetteville-ar.gov/parks.