City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Wins Tourism/Recreation Program of the Year
The City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation received the Tourism/Recreation Program of the Year from the Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association for the Fayetteville Trails System at their annual conference Awards Ceremony held on February 1, 2011, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
This Program of the Year award included the adoption of the Fayetteville Alternative Transportation and Trails Master Plan and the results of construction of over 18 miles of trail and 13 miles of on-street linkages. The trails also serve as the location for public art including the Hoover Sculpture and two art kiosk for display of children’s art. The unique in-house trail construction by the Transportation Department and the design and overseeing of construction by the Engineering Department’s Trails Coordinator greatly accelerates trail construction and the cost is reduced by approximately 40% by keeping trail design, construction and maintenance internal within the City.
The Adopt-A-Trail program seeks volunteers to assist in cleaning the trails and adjacent lands with 20 groups contributing 1,356 hours of trail cleanup and tree planting in 2010. The Trail Trekkers program developed in 2010 was composed of volunteers with the purpose of educating trail users and increasing trail safety had 480 logged on the trail. Bike videos were created to be played on the City’s cable access television and the City’s website to educate the public on trail safety and etiquette. Parks and Recreation maintenance staff built trail map kiosk that are strategically placed on the trail noting distances, points of interests and locations. The City’s award winning trail system serves an average of 2,000 people per day for exercise, inner city errands, spending time with family and friends, wildlife observation, relaxation and socialization. For more information, please call Parks and Recreation at 444-3471 or visit our website at http://parks.accessfayetteville.org