Bentonville, AR……. Bentonville Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the grand opening of Creekside Park in the southwest corridor of Bentonville, located at 3104 SW Bright Road. The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, 10am – 1pm, with the event program and ribbon-cutting starting promptly at 11am. Other festivities include food trucks, vendor booths, sports demonstrations, musical entertainment, and a public art unveiling of Upper Cut by New York artist Alvaro Bonfiglio.
Creekside Park, roughly 35 acres in total, represents one of Bentonville’s most innovative public parks, housing Northwest Arkansas’ first regulation cricket field. Also located in the park are eight lighted pickleball courts, a destination splash pad, playground, shaded picnic pavilion with smaller shaded tables, a maintenance building, 1.6-mile bike trail (Little Osage Creek Trail) and Bentonville’s first illuminated dog park. The on-site trail segment will eventually provide access as far south as the Bentonville Community Center and as far north as Osage Park, 8th Street Gateway Park and the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve.
The $7.9 million project at Creekside Park was funded primarily through parks impact and capacity fees. The Walton Family Foundation contributed the balance of $1.6 million for additional park amenities. Cynthia Coughlin generously donated the property. Ecological Design Group provided the park design and Flintco served as the contractor. Simultaneously, the City of Bentonville transportation department completed the extension of Bright Road, creating the first green street initiative in Bentonville.
Patrons are encouraged to bike and walk to the grand opening event. Those who drive are advised to use Creekside Middle School and Osage Creek Elementary School as overflow parking options. Complimentary shuttle service will be available from the schools to the park.
To learn more about Bentonville Parks and Recreation, please visit us online at www.playbentonville.com, or call 479.464.7275.