Future phases of park development plan to include additional baseball and softball fields, new trailhead to the hiking and mountain biking trails on Mt. Kessler, basketball courts, tennis courts, sand volleyball, a playground and an amphitheater. With all of this, the park is changing the game for youth sports and families by providing not only a huge complex for kids to play and host tournaments but a regional hub for family activities that will link our hiking and biking trails to our sports fields.
Plans for the park were first discussed back in 2000 and the development has spanned across multiple mayors, city council members, construction teams and countless valuable team players. “In 2010, Chambers bank deeded the acreage to the city, giving the project a major boost and in 2013, a special election was held to set aside funding for construction of the park. The city also received more than $1.5 million in grants and donations from the Walton Family Foundation and Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association toward development and preservation of the land,” the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
This new park and the preservation of gorgeous land nestled in the beautiful Ozark mountains is an emotional and boastful accomplishment for the city of Fayetteville. The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust has now permanently preserved a total of 384 acres at Kessler Mountain keeping the property free from urban development and preserving the beautiful green space for generations to come. Many who attended the grand opening were overwhelmed with love, thanking each member involved in making this a reality for our town. Alderman Justin Tennant spoke at the park’s grand opening stating "We're only part of a few special, historic days, and this is one of those," Tennant said. "One hundred years from now, this day will be important. This changes the city of Fayetteville forever."
“Sports and recreation play a major role in our mission to attract visitors to Fayetteville,” said Molly Rawn, executive director of the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau. “Being surrounded by the natural environment and beauty of the Ozarks makes this a perfect location for this sports complex. On behalf of each of the commissioners – we are proud to be able to invest $3.5 million in this regional park that will serve both our residents and guests. As a long-time resident of this community, I am personally excited to see yet another great addition to the many wonderful sites and attractions Fayetteville offers.”
Bring your family, your friends or your sports team and come enjoy our newest park nestled at the foot of Mount Kessler. We can’t wait for you to see it!