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Natural Areas in Parks

Natural Areas in Parks

What do you envision when you hear the word “Park”? Do you visualize a developed area with mown lawns, playground structures, walking trails and pavilions? The truth is that park properties come in many forms and varieties, and the more than 60 park lands in the City of Fayetteville are no exception.

Fayetteville’s park system is diverse and includes many types of parks. Some of Fayetteville’s park properties are natural areas with few or even no amenities. Some may be frequently visited natural areas that contain developed trail systems, parking lots or pavilions. Others may be remote natural areas that are visited very infrequently. Both types of natural areas require minimal maintenance such as litter and weed control on an as needed basis, however regular mowing is not provided.

The following list includes park properties whose entire acreages are categorized as natural areas and require minimum maintenance. Maps showing the location of these park properties are attached.

Brooks-Hummel Nature Preserve

Gregg Avenue Natural Area

Gregory Park

Habitat for Humanity Park Land

Hamestring Creek Trail - Bridgeport Drive

Hamestring Creek Trail - Granby Street

Hill Place Park Land

Lake Sequoyah Park

Lake Wilson Park

Madison Natural Area

Mount Sequoyah Woods

Regional Park

Rocky Branch Park

Stone Mountain Park Land

Trammell Park

Village at Shiloh Park Land

World Peace Wetland Prairie

Other Fayetteville park properties may be a combination of developed park land and natural areas that require minimum maintenance. In an effort to improve water quality and reduce maintenance, the Parks and Recreation Department is developing a plan to reforest portions of several parks in the upcoming years. Park users can expect to see a change over time in these areas as trees grow and begin to shade out areas that have historically been maintained. A mix of willow oak, sugarberry and green ash have recently been planted between the trail and Niokaska Creek along the trail extension east of Gulley Park. Reforesting areas along the creeks will serve many purposes including improving water quality, flora and fauna habitat, air quality and bank stabilization.

The following maps include shaded areas that indicate the portion of the park which is maintained at a lower service level than the developed portion of the park. Litter and weed control are monitored and provided as needed, but regular mowing is not provided in the shaded areas shown on the maps.

Bayyari Park

Bryce Davis Park

Clabber Creek Trail

Combs Park

David Lashley Park

Finger Park

Frisco Park and Trail

Greathouse Park

Gulley Park Trail

Hamestring Creek Trail

Harmony Pointe Park

Lake Fayetteville Park

Mt Sequoyah Gardens

Mud Creek Trail

Ralph Buddy Hayes Park

Raven Trail

Red Oak Park

Ridgeway View Park

Rodney Ryan Park

Scull Creek Trail

Town Branch Trail

Walker Park