28th Street Park next on Bentonville’s park list


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BENTONVILLE – The city will add another park to its portfolio with the construction of 28th Street Park.

City council, at its December 14 meeting, approved a $ 7.35 million deal with Flintco to build the park.

The park will be located on a 25-acre site and will be connected to a 1.6-mile trail that will run from Southwest 28th Street to Southwest Greenhouse Road, said David Wright, director of parks and recreation. The Walton Family Foundation provided a $ 1.4 million grant for the trail, he said.

Wright hopes work can begin by February 1. Construction is expected to take 14 to 18 months, he said.

Facilities will include a destination playground, playground, and dog park, depending on the city.

“Residents of Bentonville will soon enjoy greater recreational opportunities as a new park will be created in an area that currently lacks such an attraction,” said Octavio Sanchez, board member. “The new park will be unique in its design as it will include a playground as well as cricket and other grounds and a dog park.”

The park’s cricket ground will be the first such regulation-sized field in the area, Wright said.

About 85% of the project will be paid for from the fees developers pay before receiving a certificate of occupancy, Wright said previously.

The 28th Street park is not part of the city’s $ 266 million bond plan for capital projects and bond refinancing that voters backed in April in a special election. The city will pay for the obligations by extending a sales tax of 1 cent. The tax was approved in 2003 and extended in 2007.

The park will be adjacent to Osage Creek Elementary School and Creekside Middle School.

“We are always looking to extend our learning beyond the walls of our schools,” said Janet Schwanhausser, assistant superintendent of the Bentonville School District. “The new 28th Street Park will allow learners at Osage Creek Elementary School and Creekside Middle School to engage in beautiful surroundings with a wide variety of activities, ranging from studying native flora to to physical form. The creativity of the staff and students will absolutely lead to many hours of fun learning in nature. “

The area where the park will go is booming with development, Wright said. There are several new neighborhoods under construction within a quarter of a mile of the park, he said.

“There are new roofs growing out there every day,” he said.

The city now has 20 parks covering approximately 1,000 acres, said Debbie Griffin, city administration director.

City parks provide access to recreational opportunities, increase property values, boost local economies, fight crime and protect cities from environmental impact, according to Washington, DC-based City Parks Alliance

A dog park at Orchards Park is also in the works for the start of the New Year. The dog park will be 4 acres larger than the dog park on North Walton Boulevard which is in constant use. This dog park is only one acre, Wright said.

Normally, a project like this dog park would take three to four months, but with supply chain issues, it’s hard to know exactly when the job will be done. The city is already experiencing a 16 to 18 week delay for materials for the park pavilion, Wright said. The goal is to open the dog park by summer, he said.

Orchards Park is on the southeast corner of the intersection of Northeast J Street and John DeShields Boulevard, opposite the Amazeum and Crystal Bridges American Art Museum. The name is derived from Bentonville’s strong agricultural history as a major producer of apples, according to a city’s web page on City Parks.

On December 14, City Council also approved $ 533,417 to Milestone Construction for the purchase of materials, labor and services to build the dog park and improve the playground in Orchards. Park. The city will add a contingency of $ 26,582 for homeowners to the contract, bringing the total potential contract to $ 560,000, according to city documents.

Council also approved a budget adjustment of $ 255,768 to pay for the equipment, materials and services that will be used for a playground at Orchards Park.

“Orchards Park will be different next fall,” Wright said.

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