The parking lot just west of Lake Fayetteville was closed this week to allow for construction related to the city’s renovations of the nearby softball complex.
The lot is expected to be partially opened sometime in December.
Parking to access the lake and trail will still be available at North Shore Park, Veterans Memorial Park, the Environmental Study Center and the trailhead parking lot next to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.
Officials broke ground on the renovation project in July.
The $2.7 million project includes several improvements to the 48-year-old complex, which mostly serves the city’s adult recreational leagues and an occasional youth tournament.
The work calls for replacing the complex’s three dirt fields with synthetic turf, adding new dugouts and fencing, and improving the spectator areas.
The project also includes improvements to the area’s storm drainage infrastructure, which officials said is long overdue.
Byron Humphry, the city’s parks maintenance superintendent, said rain has a tendency to wash out the fields which can cause game cancellations. He said between the drainage upgrades and the artificial turf – which dries quickly – the area should be much more playable after a storm.
Money for the project comes from the parks bond issue voters approved in 2019.
Humphry said if enough funds remain, the plan is to also make some improvements to the lighting at the complex.