Kessler Mountain Regional Park Development

What is this project? 

Planning for the Kessler Mountain Regional Park has been underway since 2000. The location was chosen and approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in 2003. In 2010 approximately 200 acres was generously donated by Chambers Bank for construction of the park. With all acquisitions, Kessler now comprises 619 acres.

2019 Bond Project

Bond funds not to exceed $7,870,000

  • Four lighted baseball fields
  • Parking
  • Batting cages
  • Bleacher shade covers
  • Traffic light at Judge Cummings/Cato Springs Road
  • Artificial turf in the infields of all eight fields

Why is this important?

  • This project completes another phase of the Kessler Mountain Regional Park Master Plan.
  • Growth of baseball activities in the city is currently limited by field availability.
  • This will allow our youth to play on quality fields in one location, as multiple sites put a strain on local league logistics.
  • Currently hosting tournaments is hampered by events having to be housed at multiple sites. This will complete a high quality baseball tournament facility located just off I49, with 8 fields in one location and will make KMRP much more attractive to tournament organizers.
  • This allows the repurposing of space in Walker. If we do not build the four new fields a Kessler, we will need to invest in the existing fields which are aged and in need of improvements.
  • The artificial turf will increase the playability of the fields while reducing daytoday maintenance.

What is the current status?

This project will begin with the preparation of construction plans and specifications into bid-ready documents.  Once plans are ready, the project will be advertised for selection of a contractor.  At that time, construction will begin. 

When will it be completed?

Construction is anticipated to be completed by early 2021.

How is it funded?

Funding for the project is budgeted at $7,870,000 and will be provided by the bond issue that Fayetteville voters approved in April of 2019.

Project History

Kessler Mountain Trails

The City commissioned Progressive Trail Design LLC, partnered with Alta Planning and Design and Ozark Ecological Restoration, to prepare a trails master plan for Kessler Mountain. The City is currently in the process of implementing this plan.  View Kessler Mountain Trails Plan. 

Nature Preserve

Kessler Mountain was identified  as a premier natural area of the region that needed to be preserved and available for public recreation. Since the opening of the park, an additional 387 acres of Ozark forest adjacent to the park on Kessler Mountain was acquired by the City. This property was established as a nature preserve and a conservation easement was entered into with the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust (NWALT), which partners with the City on the protection of the mountain's environment, wildlife, and plant communities.

Rotary Club of Fayetteville Playground

Completed in 2017

Kessler Mountain Master Plan Phase one: Completed in 2016 

This phase included six lighted soccer fields, four lighted baseball fields, two restroom/concession buildings, about 400 parking spaces, and other associated infrastructure including an entry road, water, electric, sewer lines, and a temporary trailhead access to the Kessler Mountain trails.