Ribbon-cutting planned for improvements at Gordon Long Park in Fayetteville

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Fayetteville officials will celebrate the completion of a series of improvements at Gordon Long Park during a ribbon-cutting celebration scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29.

The park, located at the intersection of Gregg Avenue and Drake Street, serves as a trailhead for Scull Creek Trail (aka the Razorback Greenway). It previously included a small parking lot, a water fountain, a looped walking trail, and a playground.

Map: Flyer staff

The improvements include a new restroom building, 12 additional parking spots, low-impact development features to help minimize stormwater runoff, and an educational kiosk about protecting water quality and a map and history of the Razorback Greenway (coming soon).

The new restroom building fills a wide gap in the spacing of public bathroom facilities along the Razorback Greenway in Fayetteville. The sequence of public restroom amenities in Fayetteville from north to south is now: Lake Fayetteville Veterans Memorial Park, 3.5 miles to Gordon Long Park, 2.5 miles to Wilson Park, and then 2.4 miles to Walker Park.

The $425,000 project was approved by the City Council last fall. The work is funded in part by a $260,000 grant from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, and a $38,604 grant from the Illinois River Partnership. The remaining $127,000 came from the city’s trail development capital improvement program.