A Guide to City Parks in Little Rock, Ark.

Little Rock has a variety of city parks that offers lots of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Parks have become a way of life in Little Rock and they have been recognized nationally for the quality of their efforts. Parks in Little rock are categorized by size, Metropolitan Parks are more than 100 acres, Neighborhood Parks are 5-20 acres and Community Parks are 20-100 acres. Here is a little info about some of the city parks in Little Rock.

MacArthur Park, also known as City Park, was originally the site of a racetrack. In 1836 the land was purchased to create an arsenal. In 1892 the city made a deal with the government to exchange the park for another piece of land and the stipulation was that it would be a park forever. Called Arsenal Park it was a popular park with locals and visitors alike.

Today, the historic Tower Building is the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. It was named for General Douglas MacArthur who was born at the arsenal. The Arkansas Arts Center is also located in the park.

The park includes a small man-made lake, a concert pavilion, playground and contemplation garden. Among the many memorials in the park is one to the men from Little Rock who fought in the Korean War. There are future renovations planned for this park and a fund raising 5K race begins and ends in the park. The park is still a popular place after all these years for local workers and families to come to walk or to have a picnic and just enjoy the outdoors.

Riverfront Park is as the name implies located along the Arkansas River. It runs for 11 blocks and at 33 acres is what is considered a community park. The Riverfest Amphitheatre is the site of concerts and other entertainment throughout the year including the 4th of July special. The Sculptural Promenade features 10 sculptures in brass covering a variety of subject matter that add a lot of visual interest to an already fascinating area. They were inspired by former President Bill Clinton’s acceptance speech in 1996.

Riverfront Park also includes a sunken garden, playground, belvedere, history pavilion and is connected to the Arkansas River Trail. This is a stunning park that has a lot to offer.

Allsopp Park is a metropolitan park and offers lots of space to encourage exercise and enjoyment of the outdoors. In addition to a ball field and tennis courts, there is a playground, pavilions and lots of hiking and biking trails.

Murray Park has amongst other things, an off leash dog park. Paws in the Park brings residents and their canine friends from all over the city to this park. There are two separate areas one for smaller dogs and one for larger and great facilities for owners as well.

The park also is popular with families wanting to picnic with 8 pavilions along the river and a boat dock. Fishing is also popular in the park. Three soccer fields and two playgrounds also add to the attraction of the park.

War Memorial Park offers golf which is always popular as well as being very close to the zoo. It has a playground, tennis, swimming pool, spray-park, trails and a children fishing pond.

These are just a few of the many parks that are available to be enjoyed by residents of all ages in the city of Little Rock.

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