City seeks input on Gulley Park master plan

A stone sign stands at what was once the northern boundary of Gulley Park. The city now owns an additional 11 acres of land north of the sign thanks to a 2014 purchase facilitated in part by the Friends of Gulley Park citizen group.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Residents are being asked to provide input in drafting an overall master plan for future development of newly expanded Gulley Park in Fayetteville.

A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10 in the Ray Adams Leadership Center at 1000 W. Bulldog Avenue (formerly Stone Street).

The park was expanded to 39 acres in 2014 when the city purchased 11 acres of neighboring land from Mary Lou Dunn for $1.1 million through a partnership with the Friends of Gulley Park citizen organization. Dunn and and her late husband, Allen “Sonny” Dunn, bought the property from Fred and Floy Gulley in 1960.

Some residents have suggested building a splash pad, ball courts, or a dog park on the newly acquired property. Others have said it should remain an open field with a soft-surface trail around the perimeter.

For those who cannot make it to Thursday’s input session, comments can be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Department in the following ways:

– By email at [email protected]
– By telephone at 479-444-3471
– By standard mail at Fayetteville Parks and Recreation, 113 W. Mountain Street, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Officials said a survey link will be available on the city’s website after the public meeting.

Gulley Park property map

Source: City of Fayetteville