• Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

City of Jonesboro applying for federal park grant


JONESBORO, Ark- Summer is right around the corner, and the City of Jonesboro, is one step closer to possibly creating a new park in town just in time for the Arkansas heat.


The City of Jonesboro is in the application process, applying for a $1-million-dollar federal grant. That, if awarded, would be used to create a new park on the northeast side of town.


“We are very excited we have advanced to the second round of the admissions process,” Brian Richardson, the city's chief administrative officer, said.


In a press release, the United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service announced over $61 million will be awarded to 26 communities across the country through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership program.


Richardson says the park is more than needed.


“The northeast part of Jonesboro and the north Jonesboro, in general, are historically underrepresented when it comes to parks and public spaces,” he continues. “We think this is a great opportunity to bring those type[s] of facilities to those communities.”


If received, the grant would be used to create Disciple Park.


It would feature a nine-hole disc golf course, a one-mile walking trail, a two-acre fishpond, a playground, multi-purpose fields, green spaces, bleachers, and a parking lot.


Richardson says the city's grants and the parks departments are collaborating on the application and project.


“We look forward to continuing the [application] process, to hopefully put ourselves in a position to be successful with this application.”


There's no timeline for when the city will find out if they advance to another round or receive the grant.


Richardson says they are waiting on further information from the National Park Service.




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