Gordon Long Park Trailhead Improvements

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The City of Fayetteville recently started construction on improvements to the Gordon Long Park Trailhead. This project includes the expansion of existing parking with 12 new parking spots and the construction of a restroom building. The building will include restrooms for both men and women with two stalls each, sinks and drinking fountains. All improvements will be fully accessible for users of all abilities. Low impact development features will be incorporated including a bio swale to filter the parking lot drainage, permeable pavement to allow storm water to infiltrate into the soil minimizing run off, and an educational demonstration exhibit of how permeable pavement performs.

Gordon Long Park is located at 2800 North Gregg Avenue at the intersection of Drake St. and Gregg Ave. along the Scull Creek Trail that is now part of the Razorback Greenway. This section of trail sees an average of 600 trail users per day and trail usage steadily continues to increase. The significant number of trail and recreational users at Gordon Long Park has demonstrated the need for expanded access opportunities and public restrooms. This restroom facility will fill a needed gap that exists in the spacing of restrooms along the Razorback Regional Greenway in Fayetteville. The completed sequence of public restroom amenities in Fayetteville from north to south will be: Lake Fayetteville Veterans Memorial Park, 3.5 miles to Gordon Long Park, 2.5 miles to Wilson Park and then 2.4 miles to Walker Park near the southern terminus of the Razorback Regional Greenway. Ultimately, this trailhead will provide commuters and trail enthusiasts that live in other areas of the city or region a safe and easy access point to the Razorback Regional Greenway.

Bids for the project were opened on September 28, 2015. JLA Construction was the low bidder in the amount of $425,521. This project is funded with a $260,000 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant through the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, $38,604 in funding from the Illinois River Partnership with the remainder of the funding from the trail development capital improvement program.

Construction began on January 18th, 2016 and is expected to be complete in late July /early August 2016.

The safety of the public during the construction of this project is of the utmost importance. Orange construction fencing, barricades and signs will be used to direct park and trail users around the construction areas. Thank you for your patience as this project is completed.