Ribbon-cutting planned for Gregory Park improvements

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Gregory Park just got another round of upgrades.

The midtown Fayetteville park now has a refurbished parking lot, accessible sidewalks, new landscaping, and other improvements.

City officials will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the project from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Event activities include hiking, mountain biking, hammocking, and bean bag tossing. A guided nature hike will begin at 4:45 p.m. and the ribbon-cutting ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m. Free hot dogs will be available. Visitors can also see a recently completed mural that local artist Jason Jones painted on the surface of a wallride. Jones painted a skink (a type of lizard) using stain dyes to ensure the artwork stays intact when mountain bikers ride across the wooden surface on their way down Rolling Thunder, a downhill-only, beginner-level flow trail.

Parking is limited, and attendees are encouraged to use alternative transportation. Ozark Regional Transit’s route #10 stops directly in front of the McDonald’s on North College Avenue.

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About Gregory Park

The transformation of midtown’s Gregory Park was completed in late summer 2018 when crews finished construction of a series of singletrack mountain biking trails, along with a pump track and skills course at the 19-acre park on Sycamore Street just west of North College Avenue.

The land was donated to the city by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 1964. It includes a pavilion and a picnic area. Before the new construction, it included a 0.6-mile nature trail that had been damaged in several places from erosion.

The pump track and skills course are both located in the north part of the park along Sycamore Street.

The trails include Morning Light, a multi-use loop that circles the outer edges of the park and is used to access the two new one-way trails that start at the top of the hill; Rolling Thunder, a downhill-only, beginner-level flow trail; and Tailwind, a downhill-only, intermediate-level flow trail.

Pump Track

Skills course

Morning Light – multi-use access loop

Rolling Thunder – beginner flow trail

Tailwind – intermediate flow trail