Park Partners

Parks and Recreation has partnerships that engage our community to efficiently and effectively utilize the resources we have available in order to achieve the best recreational facilities and programs for our citizens. 


 Fayetteville Tennis runs public programs serving players of all experiences and ages out of Wilson and Walker Park. With the option of group, private, semi private and cardio tennis classes six days a week there is a class option for anyone who wants to play tennis. Visit us for registration details and check out the calender section for our currently running programs. 


Welcome to the Ozark Flyers Club and flying field. We are a diverse group dedicated to enjoying all aspects of building and flying model aircraft. Our club promotes the enjoyment of model aviation and the safety of pilots and spectators. We are chartered club # 743 with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and require that all club members hold a current membership in that organization. AMA provides liability protection for its members, and promotes model aviation through a variety of educational programs and competitive events.

Contact President Norman Ross at 479.251.1585 / for more information.


The Ozark Volleyball Club (OVC) was started in order to encourage quality volleyball play in the NWA area, the club coordinates indoor and outdoor leagues, tournaments, and training. Offering various indoor formats over the years, the most common game types are coed 6s for both competitive and recreational skill levels. Coed outdoor volleyball is even  more varied, providing competitive 2s and 4s and recreational 6s. In addition, multiple sessions are implemented for both indoor and outdoor in order to allow for new members and to accommodate changes in member’s schedules. Volleyball skills training is also provided for those seeking to improve their game play. Training is coordinated between the club and the Ozark Juniors coaches. Another popular opportunity is tournaments.  The OVC coordinates several tournaments throughout the year in various formats. Most popular are the sand coed 3s tournaments and the  annual Big Dog 2s tournament. Besides hosting, the OVC also encourages its members to participate in other regional and national tournaments by providing accessible information and through continued preparation.

Contact Don Cox at 479.466.3637 / for more information.


The Fayetteville Disc Association (FDA) organizes ultimate frisbee leagues in NWA and helps support the local club, high school, and college teams. Fayetteville Disc Association has approximately 200 memebers who participate in leagues throughout the year. We host two major tournaments in Fayetteville each year, and organize casual pick up games throughout the   year. We strive to help grow the sport of ultimate by providing a welcoming environment for new players to come learn.

Contact April Johnson at 479.966.2516 or email for more information.


The Gryphons are the only men's rugby club based in Northwest  Arkansas. This not for      profit club competes in the Heart of America Rugby Football Union, Division III. The  Gryphons RFC was formed in 2007. We train Tuesdays and   Thursdays from 6-8 at White River Complex in                           Fayetteville, AR.  

 Contact President Caleb Schoeppe at 479.426.4045                    or email for more information.  



Lake Fayetteville Park Environmental Study Center - In 1973, the City Council passed an Ordinance No. 3898 and Resolution 227-05 in 2005 to preserve 200 acres on the north area of Lake Fayetteville and to develop it as an Environmental Study Center for the use of    Fayetteville and Springdale School Districts and as a natural park area for Fayetteville  citizens. During the school year, Fayetteville and Springdale Schools provide a science teacher and they bus hundreds of children in for nature programs at Lake Fayetteville Park during the school year. The schools are responsible for maintenance of the study center building. This lease was for 50 years until the year of 2045.

Contact Director John Watterson at 479.751.1840 or email for more information.


Fayetteville Public School - The City of Fayetteville and the Public Schools have partnered together on many projects throughout the years. In 2005, City Council approved a joint lease agreement for 10 years with the Public Schools to utilize Asbell Elementary School for the Park’s soccer program and Holcomb Elementary School since the outfields of fields #1 and #4 at the Gary Hampton Softball Complex are on school property. In 2011, the Public School terminated the Asbell lease because of the need to build high school tennis courts on their grounds. The City and Public School both participated in funding the building of Asbell, Holcomb and Vandergriff Elementary School Gyms to be used by the public schools during the day and by the public in the evenings and weekends through the Fayetteville Boys and  Girls Club.

Contact Fayetteville Public Schools Administration Office at 479.444.3000 or email for more information.


Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks - The City has a  joint lease agreement with Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks (BGSO) to lease 100 acres on the east  side of Lake Fayetteville Park for the purpose of  building a botanical  garden. This lease is for 25  years and may be renewable for three additional 25  years upon mutual agreement of both parties. In  consideration of this lease, BGSO offers free  general admission to the garden on Saturdays from  9 am until 12 pm. BGSO presents an annual progress report to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and City Council  which is usually in February. BGSO  must obtain the approval of the Parks Staff on the  routing and design   of all public trails through the  land lease area. City Council has approved  Phase 1A of the BGSO Master. Further updates of  the phases will go before City Council for final   approval. Parks Staff  reviews all plans for   construction, future alteration and improvements  at the garden. Any major changes to the approved  Master Plan must be approved by the Parks and  Recreation Advisory Board. BGSO must abide by all City and Park Ordinances. BGSO did receive approval from City Council to sell alcohol at their events. The City receives a copy of BGSO’s annual financial audit.

For the Botanical Gardens please call 479.750.2620 or email for more information.


The Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club (FBGC) - The City of Fayetteville has provided         financial support for the FBGC since 1967. Park and FBGC staff work together each year to create a “Working Agreement” to help avoid supplication or competition of programs    between the two organizations. FBGC basically offers indoor programs with the exception of youth football and summer camps and Parks and Recreation offers outdoor recreation programs and facilities with the exception of programs at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center (YRCC). FBGC provides bus service for the YRCC programs held within the City and transportation to the free lunch program offered in the summers at Owl Creek School. It is the intent of both agencies to work together for the common good of the citizens by not providing public funding for multiple competing program offerings. If the Youth Center was not providing recreational services for our youth as well as citizens, the City of Fayetteville would need to assume the responsibility. For the past several years, the City transferred $205,350 to FBGC from the General Fund. Within the agreement, FBGC building is used as an emergency shelter for the City of Fayetteville. The contract and an ordinance to waive competitive bidding will come before City Council after  the annual budget is approved.

Contact the information desk at 479.442.9242 or email for more information.


Walker Park Senior Activity and Wellness Center - The City of Fayetteville began providing financial support for the Council on Aging, Inc. in 1972 for recreation services to senior citizens at the Hillcrest Towers and the Fayetteville Senior Center. This was the beginning of a very successful agreement that continued until the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD) assumed the responsibilities of the Council on Aging in 2005. The NWAEDD provides recreational programs, meeting the needs of our senior citizen residents at Walker Park’s Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center and Hillcrest Tower. It is the intent of NWAEDD and the Parks and Recreation Department to work in cooperation to enhance the recreation facilities and programs in our City, while not duplicating services in an effort to spend taxpayers’ money as effectively as possible. If the NWAEDD were not serving our senior citizen population, the City would need to assume responsibility. Within the agreement, FBGC building is used as an emergency shelter for the City of Fayetteville. 

Contact the information desk at 479.571.2920 or email for more information.



Each year the Fayetteville Youth Baseball program serves over 1,000 area youth through our summer recreational baseball league. The expected number of participants each year  will require at least 80 teams to be outfitted with                    equipment and uniforms. The Fayetteville Youth   Baseball program is grateful to have the support of  dedicated volunteers and financial supporters - each            equally important to the overall success of the youth            baseball program.    

Contact Vice President/Treasurer John Long at 479.601.2449 or email for more information.


The Rowing Club of Northwest Arkansas, Inc. (RCNA), is a non-profit club of rowing enthusiasts organized to teach, practice, and promote the sport of rowing in Northwest Arkansas, to encourage a healthy lifestyle, and to foster teamwork in the sport of rowing among people of diverse backgrounds and levels of experience.

Contact Margaret Britain at 479.236.0926 or email for more information.


Disc golfers will have a new place to hone their skills this spring. Members of the                  NWA Chain Gang are partnering with the city Parks  and Recreation Department to build an 18-hole disc   golf course in a wooded area in Walker Park near the      Senior Activity and Wellness Center.  This will be a        second location for the NWA Chain Gang, as Lake   Fayetteville currently offers a 18-hole disc golf course that the chain gang maintains.

Contact Ray Moore at 479.426.8407 or email for more information.


The NWA Horseshoe Association meets together and helps maintain the pits at Walker Park for their organization to use. Come join the fun!

Contact Howard Scott at 479.871.4948 or email for more information.