Residents this week got their first look at the final draft of a master plan for Underwood Park.
The city’s parks department held a meeting inside the cafeteria at Holcomb Elementary School to gather input to help prioritize which amenities should be included in the first phase of development of the park, which is expected to begin in late 2024.
Underwood Park is in west Fayetteville on the site of the former Razorback Golf Course property on Dean Solomon Road.
It includes 38 acres donated by the Underwood family, and another 20 acres of no-cost leased land consisting of cart paths left over from the golf course. Additional land to the south will be dedicated in order to meet the city’s park land dedication requirement. Once complete, the park will include just over 65 acres.
The plan shows a basketball court, pickleball courts, a playground and a splash pad on the north side of the park, with open multi-use green spaces to the north and south. A boardwalk through the park’s wetland and prairie areas is also shown, along with both soft and hard surface jogging paths.
A dog park is planned on the east side of the park, and a disc golf course would be built on the western edge. A performance space is shown near the center of the park.
Other amenities include ponds with kayak access and fishing piers, a bird-watching area, a hammock yard, a creek play area, pavilion, parking and restrooms.
Those who did not attend the meeting can review and provide feedback on the plan through a survey on the city’s online public engagement portal through Oct. 11.
The survey asks users to choose which amenities they’d prefer to see from three separate groups ranging from the most to the least expensive projects.