Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer
Work is expected to begin this week on a series of improvements to the Gordon Long Park trailhead off Gregg Avenue in Fayetteville.
This project includes adding 12 new parking spaces to the existing parking lot, as well as the construction of a restroom building. The new restroom building will include full accessible men’s and women’s restrooms with two stalls each, sinks and drinking fountains.
From a city news release:
Low-impact development features will be incorporated including a bioswale to filter the parking lot drainage, permeable pavement to allow storm water to infiltrate into the soil, which will minimize run off, and an educational demonstration exhibit of how permeable pavement performs.
Gordon Long Park is located at 2800 N. Gregg Ave. at the intersection of Drake Street. The park includes a playground and serves as an access point for Scull Creek Trail which is now part of the Razorback Greenway.
Fayetteville Trails Coordinator Matt Mihalevich said the section of trail sees an average of 600 users each day with that number expected to grow in 2016. The new restroom building will fill an existing gap in the spacing of public restroom facilities along the Razorback Greenway in Fayetteville. Once complete, the sequence of public restroom amenities in Fayetteville from north to south will be: Lake Fayetteville Veterans Memorial Park, 3.5 miles to Gordon Long Park, 2.5 miles to Wilson Park, and then 2.4 miles to Walker Park.
The $425,000 project was approved by City Council members in late October. The work is funded in part by a $260,000 grant from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, and a $38,604 grant from the Illinois River Partnership. The remaining $127,000 will come from the city’s trail development capital improvement program.
Construction is expected to be completed sometime in July.
Gordon Long Park Trailhead Improvement Plans
Source: City of Fayetteville
Gordon Long Park Map
Map: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer