Improvements begin at Mount Sequoyah Gardens

A bench placed in memory of Bruce and Barry Hauser sits at Mount Sequoyah Gardens, a 3-acre park on the east side of Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

One of the best views in town will soon be a little more accessible to Fayetteville residents.

Work began this week on an improvement project at Mount Sequoyah Gardens, a 3-acre park located at 100 N. Summit Ave. on the east side of Mount Sequoyah.

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The 15-year-old park was established primarily as a way to preserve and enhance the panoramic views the area offers of Fayetteville and the surrounding hills. Until now, its only amenities included a single bench in the middle of a grassy area on land that used to house an abandoned water treatment facility and water storage tank.

The improvement project includes replacement of the existing asphalt on the access drive leading to the park, installation of a pre-engineered arbor with flagstone paving, construction of a native stone seating wall and a colored concrete apron. Also planned is ADA accessible parking and five shagbark hickory trees to be planted later this fall.

Aldermen this month awarded a $71,980 contract to General Construction Solutions, Inc of Springdale for the required work. The project is funded through parks development money which comes from the Parks and Recreation Department’s half of the 2 percent HMR tax added to hotel stays and food purchases in Fayetteville.