Master plan for Gulley Park includes splash pad, dog park, expanded pond, and more

See full designs below

Residents are being asked which option they prefer for a new master plan at Gulley Park in east Fayetteville.

Officials have unveiled three conceptual designs for the newly expanded park, which each feature the addition of a possible splash pad, a renovated pond area, a new pavilion and restroom facility, and an expanded northern parking lot.

The designs will be available for viewing and public comment during the final Gulley Park summer concert event on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. until dark. The plans are also included on the city’s website (and below).

The park was expanded from 28 acres to 39 acres in 2014 when the city purchased neighboring land from Mary Lou Dunn for $1.1 million through a partnership with the Friends of Gulley Park citizen organization. A 2-acre portion of the land was leased to Apple Seeds, Inc. for the establishment of an interpretive teaching farm.

Residents were asked earlier this year what features they’d like to see added to the park. Many suggested building a splash pad or dog park, while others said the newly acquired land should remain an open field.

It looks as though park planners have included all three ideas.

In each design option, the majority of the new land is designated as an open prairie meadow, with a proposed dog park on the west side of the park and a possible splash pad located in three different older areas of the park: adjacent to the existing playground; east of the parking lot off Township Street; and next to a possible expanded northern parking lot off Old Wire Road.

An online comment form is available for those who can’t make it to the park on Thursday. Comments can also be given by phone at 479-444-3471. Written comments can be mailed to Fayetteville Parks and Recreation, 113 W. Mountain Street, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

Have a look at the design options below:

Option 1 (splash pad by existing playground)

Option 2 (splash pad by Township Street parking lot)

Option 3 (splash pad by Old Wire Road parking lot)