Fayettevill Parks and Recreation 2020 Activities Guide

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PARKS & REC

ACTIVITIES GUIDE 2020

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CONTENTS

PARKS

TRAILS

ADULT SPORTS

YOUTH SPORTS

BE ACTIVE! SUMMER CAMPS

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

WILSON POOL

YVONNE RICHARDSON COMMUNITY CENTER

FAYETTEVILLE RACE SERIES

GET INVOLVED

GULLEY PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES


Our mission is to meet the parks and recreational needs of all by providing a safe and

diversified park system that encourages community pride, visionary planning and operations, and

environmental stewardship. The map below outlines the city’s community and regional parks.

Gregory Park

Bryce Davis

Park

Wilson

Park

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Lake

Fayetteville

Park

Gulley Park

Mt. Sequoyah

Woods Park

Lake

Sequoyah

Park

Centennial

Park

Walker

Park

White River -

Combs Park

Kessler Mt.

Regional Park

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Lake Wilson

Park

The City of Fayetteville manages over 4,000 acres, spread over 55 parks and multiple

connecting trails. With over 90 miles of paved and natural surface trails, 26 playgrounds, 36

sports fields, 29 pavilions, 7 tennis courts, 3 lakes, a swimming pool, splash pad, community

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center, skate park, and picnic facilities, you will find a park to fit every need. In addition to the

facilities offered by Fayetteville Parks and Recreation, complimentary Wi-Fi is available at

many of our parks including the Downtown Square Gardens.

PARKS

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KESSLER MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK TRAILS

TRAILS

The City of Fayetteville is proud to offer a unique and extensive trail network that promotes

active, healthy lifestyles as well as an alternate form of transportation. The map below outlines

the entire trail network. For an in-depth look at the city’s trails, use the interactive trail map

found at gis.fayetteville-ar.gov

Razorback Greenway

Mud Creek Trail

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Lake

Fayetteville

Trails

Meadow Valley

Trail

Lake

Sequoyah

Trails

Razorback

Greenway

Cato Springs

Trail

Mt. Kessler

Regional

Park Trails

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Trails of Mt.

Sequoyah

Woods

Lake

Wilson

Trails

Fayetteville has held the award for being a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community since 2016; which

is awarded annually by the League of American Bicyclists. The award is based on the five E’s of

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encouragement, evaluation, engineering, and enforcement.

Fayetteville joins a leading group of communities throughout the United States who

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are transforming neighborhoods. The city is now among an elite group of communities awarded

the Silver status.

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ADULT SPORTS

Fayetteville Parks and Recreation offers Adult Sport options in kickball, volleyball, soccer and

slow pitch softball. Kickball offers two leagues at Walker Park in the summer and fall. Volleyball

leagues are offered in the fall and winter months at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center. The

newly created soccer leagues run in the spring and fall at Kessler Mountain Regional Park. Slow

pitch softball is played during the spring, summer and fall at Gary Hampton Softball Complex. Adult

teams play a seven-week regular season followed by a post-season tournament in the eighth and

final week. Organize and sign up a team for the fun and games this year!

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YOUTH SPORTS

Fayetteville Parks and Recreation offers youth sports leagues in both fast pitch softball and

soccer. The Girls Youth Softball program mission is to ensure that all players and families are

able to enjoy fast-pitch softball in a fun, positive and competitive environment. The season

runs from early April until early June. Each player receives a full uniform and will play a

10-game regular season as well as a tournament for older age groups. Girls ages 3-14

years are eligible to play.

Youth soccer leagues are offered during the spring months of early-March until early-May

and fall months of mid-August until late-October. The core values of the program are positive

coaching and good sportsmanship while emphasizing fun and skill development. Boys and

girls ages 3-16 are eligible to participate. Each player receives a full uniform (shorts, jersey,

socks) and will play a 8 game season in the spring and 10 game season in the fall. Dual

registration occurs every fall season for players to register for both the fall and spring season

together for a substantially discounted rate.

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BE ACTIVE!

SUMMER CAMPS

The goal of Be Active! Summer Camps is to provide healthy, fun, and educational activities for

campers 5-15 years old (all campers must have completed Kindergarten). We strive to create

an environment where each child has an enthralling experience fostering life-long participation

in recreational and sport activities.

All campers receive a t-shirt during the week which they wear on Friday. Each child will need

to bring sunscreen, bottled water, and wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes to camp

each day. All camp sessions are 9am-12pm. Many sessions end with a Friday showcase

event that parents are encouraged to attend!

Camps Ages Dates

Outdoor Adventure Camp1 8-12 June 1-5

Tennis Camp 5-12 June 8-12

Outdoor Adventure Camp 2 8-12 June 15-19

Soccer Camp 5-12 June 22-26

Outdoor Adventure Camp 3 8-12 July 6-10

Theatre Camp 5-12 July 13-17

Outdoor Adventure Camp 4 10-15 July 20-24

Camp Wilson 1 5-15 July 27-31

Camp Wilson 2 5-15 Aug 3-7

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GULLEY PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

In the heart of one of the City’s most appreciated parks, Fayettevillians gather to enjoy a

long-standing tradition of free outdoor live music and food trucks throughout the summer from

7-9pm. Offering six different concerts each summer, the Gulley Park Summer Concert Series

is a great way to relax on Thursday nights with friends and family.

Each year, Fayetteville Parks and Recreation crews spend more than 3,300 hours decorating

the square with over 400,000 lights. The lighting ceremony occurs the weekend before

Thanksgiving, followed by the parade up the historic downtown area. The square is lit every

evening through January 1st and includes nightly holiday activities, hot chocolate and festive music.

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WILSON POOL

Wilson Pool operates from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day and offers recreational

swimming, instructional swim lessons, adult lap swim, pool rentals, family swim times and hosts

the Wilson Wahoos swim team. The pool season wraps up with our annual Drool in the Pool

event where dogs and their owners have full rein of the pool! Dive-In Movies are held three

times throughout the summer. A giant inflatable screen and plenty of pool tubes make for a

great family-friendly event!

The Wilson Wahoos are a developmental swim team full of fun, skill building and friendly

competitive opportunities with teams from around the region. The Wahoo program is a great

way for kids to become strong, competent and safe swimmers as well as learn the four stroke

techniques (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) in an encouraging environment.

Swim lessons are taught throughout the summer for children and adults of all skill levels.

A Parent-Tot class is available for young children and high level instructional lessons for more

advanced swimmers. Lessons are 30 minutes long and run in two week sessions (Monday -

Thursday); Fridays are our make-up day.

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YRCC

The Yvonne Richardson Community Center (YRCC) is committed to shaping today’s youth for

tomorrow’s challenges by providing recreational, educational, and social opportunities. Programming

at the YRCC includes opportunities for youth, adults, and families. Below are a only a few of the

programs offered. Visit our website for our gym calendar and more programs!

The Yvonne Richardson Community Center is available to rent for your next birthday

party, family gathering, team practice, or club meeting.

Preschool Playtime: This is a special (free) open gym time for ages 2-4 years and their caregivers. It

features the imagination playground and obstacle course! Mondays from 10:30am-12:00pm.

Homeschool P.E. Class: ARPA award winning weekly physical education classes for kids, 6-16 years,

enrolled in homeschool. Classes expose students to ways to stay healthy and fit through hiking, floor

hockey, basketball, healthy eating classes, soccer, and more.

Summer Fun4Kids and Teen Camp: YRCC’s ARPA award winning summer day camp is designed

to keep kids and teens active, engaged, and having fun! Youth, who have completed Kindergarten

through 8th grade, can participate in up to 8 weeks of themed camps filled with field trips, games,

swimming, crafts, and other recreation activities.

Junior Counselor Program: High school students can apply in the spring semester to be a part of

YRCC summer leadership program. Teens will receive training and hands on job experience by

volunteering with the summer camp and participating in the programs as mentors.

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FAYETTEVILLE

RACE SERIES

Fayetteville Parks & Recreation offers several annual running, cycling, and multi-sport racing

events. Each is unique in its own right and offers opportunities for everyone to become involved.

These races and rides aim to enhance the active culture of Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas

by offering something for everyone of its residents and guests alike.

Square 2 Square Bike Ride - May 2, 2020 & September 19, 2020

Join 2,000 plus cyclist on this point-to-point ride along the Razorback Greenway. The 30-mile

fun ride begins in downtown Fayetteville and finishes in downtown Bentonville in the spring.

The course reverses in the fall, starting in Bentonville and finishing up in Fayetteville. Three

festive pit stops are featured along the way. All ages, abilities, and bicycles encouraged!

Ladies Du Fayetteville - June 14, 2020

A duathlon just for women that offers individual and relay options and consists of a two-mile

run, 11-mile bike, two-mile run format. The course is made up of paved trails surrounding Lake

Fayetteville. Beginners and seasoned triathletes alike make the Ladies Du a memorable race

for all with an atmosphere you won’t want to miss.

Kessler Mountain Jam – August 9, 2020

Mountain biking continues to find a home in NWA and Fayetteville is fortunate to host a cross

country MTB race on the Kessler Mountain Trail. This AMBCS race is joined by opportunities

for instruction, skill development, and trail building.

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Fayetteville abounds with opportunities to positively impact long-term community sustainability.

If you have a passion for building environmental, economic, and social capital in Fayetteville,

you’ll fit right in with the residents who commit their time and energy to serving our City. For

volunteering events across the community, check out Fayetteville Parks and Recreation and

YRCC on GivePulse.com, a hub for volunteers and the organizations who need them.

Opportunities are available to coach youth sports, assist with after-school programs, help at

running and cycling events, or take part in keeping our parks and trails clean.

The City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department is constantly seeking sponsors

and donations from supporters and businesses. Your support allows us to meet the needs

of children and adults participating in our recreational programs being held throughout

the year in our parks and on our trails.

Want to host your next gathering at a park? Visit our website to reserve one of our many

pavilions or athletic facilities. For special events which may include large parties, weddings,

races, or tournaments, etc. please complete the online Parks Event Permit Form.z

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