City seeks input on new draft master plan for Underwood Park

Screen capture from the latest draft master plan for Underwood Park

City officials are inviting residents to provide feedback on the latest round of possible changes to the master plan for Underwood Park.

City officials held an input session on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Holcomb Elementary School’s cafeteria, located at 2900 N. Salem Road to present the changes, and received feedback from residents there.

A draft of the most recent updates is also available on the city’s feedback site, SpeakUp Fayetteville, and city officials are seeking input from those who couldn’t attend the meeting.

The plan was created after gathering input from three public meetings and online questionnaires over the past 11 months. Ted Jack, the city’s park planning superintendent, said input at the most recent meeting in September was generally favorable, but there were some requests that led to revisions.

The plan incorporates feedback from residents who requested that city staff look at ways to reduce the impact of parking to nearby residents, as well as moving the pickleball courts further south and looking at ways to reposition the playground and splashpad to be closer to each other.

Underwood Park is in west Fayetteville on the site of the former Razorback Golf Course property on Dean Solomon Road. Preliminary plans show a basketball court, pickleball courts, a playground and a splash pad, green spaces, a boardwalk, trails, a dog park, a disc golf course and a performance space. 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.

Jack said once the plan is complete, it will be presented to the Parks, Natural Resources and Cultural Affairs Advisory Board for review. Once approved, consultants will be hired to prepare construction documents and put the project out for bid. If all goes well, construction could begin in fall 2024, he said.

To review the most recent plan, visit Speak Up Fayetteville.