Walker Park Master Plan
Walker Park, located in south Fayetteville, is one of the oldest parks in the City’s system. It consists of approximately 74 acres and is currently home to youth baseball, a skate park, sand volleyball, tennis, basketball, handball, soccer, disc golf, picnic areas and pavilions, playgrounds, open space play areas, community gardens, as well as the Senior Activity Wellness Center. The park has grown through the decades as additional land was purchased and improved. The majority of these improvements were developed utilizing thorough and thoughtful planning efforts; however, an updated master plan is long overdue.
Park activities and uses have changed over the years aligning with current trends and needs of the community. As the City has grown and changed, Fayetteville Parks and Recreation has worked to continue providing recreational opportunities and resources that meet these community needs. We are currently working to update the master plan for Walker Park. It is important that we receive your input on the content of this plan.
A public listening session was held on March 9th at the Senior Activity and Wellness Center located at 945 S. College Avenue. Many local residents came by to share their thoughts and ideas on the plan. There may be another meeting to be held in the near future. Please check back here for confirmation and the schedule.
One suggestion that has been received and is in consideration is the development of a splash pad to provide kids and families with a new way to cool off in the summer. In fact, at the October 2016 meeting, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved a budget proposal which includes funding for a splash pad at the park. This is through funding that comes from Fayetteville’s share of the hotel, motel, and restaurant (HMR) tax and is placed in the park development fund. The City collects a 2 percent tax on hotel/motel stays and prepared food sales. Half of these funds are dedicated to park maintenance, operations, and capital improvements. The other half goes to the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission.
The addition of a splash pad is very exciting. Once the master plan is completed and a location for the splash pad has been determined, the City will advertise a Request For Proposals (RFP) in order to select a specific design, equipment, and contractor. If a contract can be negotiated before the end of this year, then a splash pad should be completed and ready for summer 2018 use.