Community input sought in reimagining one of Fayetteville’s oldest parks

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The city is seeking community input for a reimagining of one of Fayetteville’s oldest parks.

Officials said Walker Park, which was created in 1949, needs improvements and offerings to continue serving the community in the best way possible.

To gather ideas from the public, the Parks, Natural Resources and Cultural Affairs Department will host a drop-in community visioning session at the park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. A variety of family-friendly activities such as archery, disc golf, and chalk art will also be available.

The event will take place near the skatepark and playground area, with parking available off South Block Avenue. In case of inclement weather, the planning session will be moved to the Yvonne Richardson Community Center at 240 E. Rock St.

Along with community input sessions, an online questionnaire will also be available on Speak Up Fayetteville, the city’s online engagement portal. The questionnaire will allow residents to provide feedback and contribute to the development of a new plan for the park.

Several concepts for the park will be developed using information gathered from the community input sessions and the online questionnaire. In late spring, a second phase of public feedback will be used to gather opinions on the concepts. A draft master plan will be available for review in late summer.

Funding for the development of the plan and the construction of future improvements to Walker Park comes from the parks bond issue approved by voters in April 2019.