PARKS & REC
ACTIVITIES GUIDE 2020
BE ACTIVE! SUMMER CAMPS
YVONNE RICHARDSON COMMUNITY CENTER
FAYETTEVILLE RACE SERIES
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.
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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.
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KESSLER MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK 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
Mud Creek Trail
Trails of Mt.
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
a bicycle friendly 4,100
community - education,
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encouragement, evaluation, engineering, and enforcement.
Fayetteville joins a leading group of communities throughout the United States who
are transforming neighborhoods. The city is now among an elite group of communities awarded
the Silver status.
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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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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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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
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 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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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 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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