City celebrates completion of Lake Fayetteville trail boardwalk

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan, along with a group of city officials, Ozark Off-Road Cyclists staff and board members of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, cut the ribbon on the new Lake Fayetteville trail boardwalk.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

City officials on Thursday celebrated the completion of the Lake Fayetteville trail boardwalk at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held just west of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

The boardwalk is now part of the soft-surface trail that circles most of the lake, and is used by hikers, joggers, dog walkers and mountain bikers.

Instead of traversing along the treeline and over the old Botanical Garden bridge, trail users will now be routed across the boardwalk.

The project was part of an effort to move trail users away from the garden, which will eventually be expanded.

Because the trail was moved closer to the lakeshore, the Parks and Recreation Department chose to construct an elevated wooden boardwalk to keep trail users above the periodically wet soil.

The 800-foot-long and 8-foot-wide boardwalk is constructed of treated pine support beams with Eastern Red cedar decking. The project, which took 62 working days to complete, was constructed by the Parks Department with help from Ozark Off-Road Cyclists to build connector trails. Boy Scout Troop 116 also provided some help.

The project was funded through a $56,000 Recreational Trails Program grant administered by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, which covered 80 percent of the cost.

Note: For a photo tour of the soft-surface trail, see our story from December 2016.

More photos from the event