Construction begins on second phase of work at Kessler Mountain Regional Park in Fayetteville

Trailhead temporarily closed / Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Initial construction is underway on the second phase of improvements at Kessler Mountain Regional Park in Fayetteville.

City Council members last month approved a nearly $6.38 million contract with Crossland Heavy Contractors Inc. for a new four-field baseball complex to the north of the existing fields and on the other side of the parking lot.

The work will also include a new concession and restroom building, a new 211-space parking lot, new batting cages and other related infrastructure.

The project is funded through the 2019 voter-approved park bond issue and is expected to take approximately 15 months to complete, said Ted Jack, the city’s park planning superintendent.

Kessler Mountain Regional Park / Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

The popular trailhead in the existing baseball field parking area is temporarily closed. Visitors are asked to use the trailhead at the playground to access the new Fayetteville Traverse Trail which will provide access to several areas of the mountain.

Another access point is near the southeast corner of the soccer fields across the park road. A new bench and boulder mark the entrance to a new trail called Saddle Up that brings users through the south side of the park and ties back into Last Call trail.

Officials said Saddle Up is more impacted by wet conditions than the Fayetteville Traverse trail, so users should consider that when planning a ride.

The remaining phases of work to finish the park includes a softball complex, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts an amphitheater and other associated buildings.