City seeks more input on streets, sidewalks, and downtown paid parking

Residents interested in helping craft the city’s new mobility plan are invited to attend the latest in a series of workshop events scheduled at seven locations from Oct. 22-25.

The workshops will offer a chance to give input on potential improvements for parking, biking, walking, busing and driving in Fayetteville.

City engineer Chris Brown said earlier this year part of the plan will help create a system for prioritizing sidewalk, street, and intersection improvement projects.

“The way we select sidewalk projects, for example, we don’t really have a way to analyze which project is best to meet the most people’s needs,” he said. “We expect this process to give us some tools for better project selections.”

The plan is also expected to address paid parking on the downtown square and in the Dickson Street entertainment district.

“For the parking side, the main deliverable we’re looking for is a recommendation for how we should operate the paid parking program,” Brown said. “Right now we have two different systems for how we handle paid parking on Dickson Street and in the downtown area.”

Currently in the Dickson Street Entertainment District, paid parking in the municipal parking deck, in city-owned lots, and on-street in the area takes effect from Monday – Sunday, from 2 p.m. – 2 a.m. The cost is 50¢ per hour from 2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 2-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. After that, it’s $1 per hour from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Monday-Friday, and from 6 p.m. -2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

In the downtown square area, paid parking at meters is in effect from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday-Friday, and free on the weekends. Rates range from is 5¢ for 12-20 minutes, 10¢ for 24-40 minutes, and 25¢ for an hour to an hour and 40 minutes, depending on which meter you use. There are several spaces on the square that are free for 2 hours.

“We’re looking for recommendations for making those easier to understand, and potentially, having the same rules for each location,” Brown said.

A full schedule of planned workshops is included below. For more about the plan, visit


Saturday, Oct. 22
8-11:30 a.m. at the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market on the downtown square
12:30-4 p.m. at Walmart Supercenter, 3919 N. Mall Ave.

Sunday, Oct. 23
10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the northwest corner of Dickson Street and Highland Avenue

Monday, Oct. 24
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Ozark Natural Foods, 1554 N. College Ave.
2:30-5:30 p.m. at Harp’s Food Store, 1780 N. Crossover Road

Tuesday, Oct. 25
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Walmart Supercenter, 2875 MLK Jr. Blvd.
4-7:30 p.m. at Fayetteville City Hall, Room 111, 113 W. Mountain Street