Gulley Park Master Plan
2018 Update - Gulley Park Master Plan
A draft conceptual update to the master plan for development of Gulley Park has been prepared and Park Planners are requesting public comment on this latest plan. This is the culmination of planning efforts which have spanned the last two years. These recommended areas and facilities were derived from earlier conceptual plans which were presented for public comment at an earlier date. The received comments were reviewed and evaluated, and the presented concept is the result of those efforts.
This plan is conceptual and intended to designate the primary use areas throughout the park. The intent is to maximize opportunities for desired user activities, while minimizing detrimental impacts to the park. Although new areas of activity are being proposed, it is also important to preserve the open space of the park, as well as provide isolated areas of quiet and solitude.
At this time, all input is being evaluated and considered for the final master plan. Once completed, the final plan will be posted here for future reference.
Parks staff accepted public comments through Sunday, August 5, 2018 and is using that information to update the plan to present to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on August 23.
What is this project?
On March 10, 2016, a public meeting was held specifically to listen to citizen ideas in an effort to determine user preferences for Gulley Park. Specific development ideas resulting from discussions at the public meeting, as well as written and emailed comments, have been evaluated and many were incorporated into the master plan for future development.
The acquisition also included two adjacent houses; however, these were put on the market and publicly sold through a bidding process. The larger of the two homes was purchased by Apple Seeds, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to the inspiration of healthy living through garden-based education. As a stipulation of the offer, Apple Seeds requested a twenty-year lease of an adjacent two acres for the establishment of an interpretive teaching farm. It was determined that this mission of Apple Seeds coincided with ideas favored by the City of Fayetteville and the Parks and Recreation Department to establish public gardens and orchards, provide education and interpretation of fresh food sourcing, and increase public knowledge on farm-to-table food processing. Because the mission and ideas of Apple Seeds complemented these objectives, the City agreed to the sale and two-acre lease. This two acres is a portion of the new acquisition and lies along the western boundary of the new park addition, adjacent to the new Apple Seeds headquarters. The Parks and Recreation Department is excited about this opportunity and looks forward to an educational and management partnership with Apple Seeds, Inc.