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General Information and Reservations

The City of Fayetteville manages over 4,200 acres, including 35 parks, 14 natural areas, and 16 trails. With more than 65 miles of trails, 25 playgrounds, 28 sports fields, 27 pavilions, 7 tennis courts, 4 youth tennis courts, 7 volleyball courts, 3 lakes, a swimming pool, a skate park, and multiple picnic facilities, you're sure to find a park to fit every need.

Beginning in 1981, the City of Fayetteville adopted the Park Land Dedication Ordinance to further ensure the establishment and preservation of community parks. In addition to establishing public lands, the Parks and Recreation Division contributes to recreational programs such as the Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club and league sports, as well as other city projects including the Square Gardens and the Council on Aging.

It's all part of the City's dedication to improving the quality of life for the people of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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Our Mission:

To meet the parks and recreational needs of all by providing a safe and diversified park system that encourages community pride, visionary planning and operations and environmental stewardship.

Parks and Recreation Brochure

Park brochures are available at the City of Fayetteville Administration Building, Chamber of Commerce, or Parks office. To receive a free copy, please call (479) 444-3471 or email us.

Park Regulations

  • Park hours: Daylight until 11:00 p.m. (Lake Sequoyah, Lake Fayetteville, and Veterans Memorial Park at Lake Fayetteville close at sunset)
  • Trash must be placed in proper receptacles
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed in parks
  • No soliciting, vending or peddling
  • Motorized vehicles on paved roads only
  • Park in designated areas only
  • No disfiguration or removal of property
  • No fires except in fireplaces or grills
  • No hunting
  • No overnight camping
  • Observe City of Fayetteville noise control regulations
  • Leash and clean up after pets
  • Schedule events at the Parks and Recreation office, (479) 444-3471

Awards received by Fayetteville Parks and Recreation

    2000
    - White House Millennium Council designated Mud Creek Trail as a Millennium Trail.
    2002
    - United States Specialty Sports Association top sports complex in the Southern Division.
    2003

    - Sports Illustrated #1 Sports town in Arkansas.
    -Boy Scout Troop 116 was honored by the ARPA for building Copperhead Bridge at Lake Fayetteville Park.
    2004
    - Paw’s Award from the Chamber of Commerce for installing dog waste collection dispensers.
    -Facility of the Year for Grinders Skate Park by the ARPA.
    -Mud Creek Trail was awarded the “Trails Award” by the Chamber of Commerce.
    2005

    - Presidential Citation and Program of the Year award from ARPA for the Therapeutic Recreation Champs League.
     - Five Blooms (top award) from America in Bloom
    2006

    - FPR received the ARPA Program Award for Red, White, and Boom.
    -Engineering Excellence Award for the Lake Fayetteville Spillway Bridge from the American Consulting Engineers Council.
    -Small Project of the Year Award for the Lake Fayetteville Spillway Bridge from the American Public Works Association.
    2007

    -Outstanding Facility Design for Lake Fayetteville Park from the SW Region of the National Parks and Recreation Association. 
    -Arkansas Parks and Tourism Program of the year for Art in the Park.
    -Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association won the Volunteer Group of the year from the SW Region of the National Parks & Recreation Association.
    -Four out of five blooms in the America in Bloom international competition.
    2008

    - The Outdoor Adventure Camp was awarded ARPA Program of the Year.
    -National America in Bloom award for its population category and the Criteria Award for Tidiness.
    2009

    - Environmental Awareness Award from the America in Bloom program.
    - Four blooms form America in Bloom. 
    2010
    - Cindi Cope won the ARPA Volunteer Individual of the Year award.
    -The Fayetteville Community Gardens won the ARPA Therapeutic Recreation Program of the Year.
    -The Gulley Park Stream Restoration won the ARPA Natural Resources Program of the Year.
    -The Fayetteville Soccer program won the ARPA Sports Management Program of the Year award.
    -Five blooms for Environmental Awareness from America in Bloom.
    -The City of Fayetteville was honored for the 15th year by Tree City USA.
    2011
    -The Fayetteville Trails System won the ARPA Tourism/Recreation Program of the Year Award.
    2012
    - Rolly Freiss won the ARPA Volunteer Individual of the Year.
    -Ozark Off-Road Cyclists won the ARPA Volunteer Group of the Year.
    -The Adult Senior and Wellness Center won the ARPA Therapeutic Recreation Program of the year.
    -The City of Fayetteville was honored for the 16th year by Tree City USA.
    2013
    -Dave Bowman won the ARPA Volunteer Individual of the Year.
    -The SEFCC Board won the ARPA Volunteer Group of the Year. 
    2014
    -Diane Gaynor won the ARPA Volunteer Individual of the Year.
    -The Fayetteville Chain Gang (Disc Golf) won the ARPA Volunteer Group of the Year.
    -The Lake Fayetteville Prairie Restoration Project won the ARPA Natural Resource Award.