The City of Greenwood Parks department and the Bell Park Foundation have been making improvements during the cold winter months to beautify and expand the parks system.
Bell Park sign
As you drive up to Bell Park, long gone are the old gates that once displayed the name of the park. In their place is a large stone structure with metal letters welcoming you to flagship park.
The new sign was paid for and put into place by the Bell Park Foundation. The final cost of the sign was $23,780.
The Foundation will be holding their annual board of directors meeting in March. “We will make a decision at that time what our next project will be,” said Cinda Bell, President of the foundation. “We are going to continue to try and raise money and support the park.”
City Walking Trail
The city walking trail has branched out in a new direction traveling up Bell road from city hall, past the fire station and currently stops near Armedica Manufacturing. According to Parks Director, Richard McKinney, the trail will continue in front of Armedica before moving away from the road and curving back behind the cemetery and meeting up with Bell Cir. It is at this point the Parks Committee will need to decide where they want the trail to go next. The trail will eventually connect to the high school. This trail extension has been paid for by the Arkansas Community Foundation, which awarded the city a $50,000 grant to continue the project.
In other walking trail news Parks Department has received a $126,000 from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for the extension of the Promenade in Bell Park. The funds will be used to complete the Promenade loop from the amphitheater to the top of the park. According to a press release. The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides funding for programs and projects defined as “transportation alternatives” for pedestrians, bicyclists and other nonmotorized forms of transportation. It was authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, and is a reimbursement-type grant program that provides for an 80 percent federal share and a 20 percent local match from eligible applicants.
There will be several Boy Scout projects in the coming year including a hammock park, which will be located in Bell Park and a new pavilion. The new pavilion will be located in the lower area of the park near the playground. The pavilion project, which will cost approximately $18,000, is being funded by the Advertising and Promotion Committee.
Boat Dock Renovation
The renovation of the Greenwood Lake boat dock has begun. The Greenwood Parks Department has received a $10,000 grant, courtesy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, for the renovation. According to Parks Director Richard McKinney the project will entail more than just the dock. The gate will be removed, the parking lot will be paved adding space for cars and boats and signage will be added to indicate the location of the lake area walking trails. The city had already received $125, 000 from the Arkansas Highway Department to which they added $31,000 as a part of that matching grant. The work at the boat dock is being done by the Greenwood Street Department.