Walker Park Master Planning
Planning for the future of Walker Park is under way. Many citizens and park users have provided input at public meetings, by phone, or thorough online comments. One very popular facility suggestion is development of a splash pad to provide kids and families with a new way to cool off in the summer. Splash pads are non-slip aquatic play areas with misting and jetting water features, containing little or no standing water.
Due to the continued popularity and expressed desire for a splash pad, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved a budget proposal at their October 2016 meeting which includes funding for a splash pad at the park. This funding will be through Park's share of the hotel, motel, and restaurant (HMR) tax.
The addition of a splash pad is very exciting and City staff is seeking the public’s help to determine the best location for development of a splash pad in Walker Park. There are a number of factors to consider such as safety, park activity levels, utility access, parking availability, neighborhood accessibility, proximity to restrooms, potential conflicts, user desires, compatible uses. etc.
Walker Park, located in south Fayetteville, is one of the oldest parks in the City’s system. It consists of approximately 74 acres and is currently home to youth baseball, a skate park, sand volleyball, tennis, basketball, handball, soccer, disc golf, picnic areas and pavilions, playgrounds, open space play areas, community gardens, as well as the Senior Activity Wellness Center. The park has grown through the decades as additional land was purchased and improved. The majority of these improvements were developed utilizing thorough and thoughtful planning efforts; however, an updated master plan is long overdue.
Park activities and uses have changed over the years aligning with current trends and needs of the community. As the City has grown and changed, Fayetteville Parks and Recreation has worked to continue providing recreational opportunities and resources that meet these community needs. The proposed development of a splash pad is an effort to respond to these needs. This is a facility that the public has been very vocal about and it is important that we receive your input on a proposed splash pad location.