Arkansas city building community center, improving sports complex, parks

April 8, 2024

The city of Searcy, Arkansas, will use $93 million to expand and improve community amenities, athletics facilities and parks. Residents approved the My Searcy Master Plan on March 5 to support a community center, outdoor water park, bike trails and improvements to city parks and a sports complex.

The city will use $51 million to build the community center on a 125-acre site. The center will feature an indoor walking trail, climbing wall, exercise spaces, basketball, pickleball and volleyball courts. The city will also build community meeting rooms for maker spaces, cooking classes, robotics and more. Plans also include a senior center, community cafe, an outdoor amphitheater and trailers.

A $19 million sports complex will include five baseball fields with turf infields. The city will improve the existing baseball and softball complex and fix drainage issues at the existing soccer complex. The city will allocate dedicated space for a sports organization, an inclusive playground and a veteran’s memorial.

The project will include $10 million for an outdoor water park next to the existing indoor swim center. The water park will feature a zero-entry pool, a shallow-entry play pool, tower slides, a lazy river and diving boards. In addition, the city will use $5 million to install paved bike trails and underpasses that will connect parks and the community center.

The city will leverage $5 million to improve Riverside Park with 10 miles of single-track mountain bike trails and a kids pump track. Plans include a park entrance connected to Highway 13, parking, restrooms, pavilions, picnic areas, lighting and improved safety features. Finally, the city will spend $3 million to add a playground, splash pad and food truck court to Berryhill Park.

The city of Searcy is located 106 miles west of Memphis.

Photo courtesy of the city of Searcy

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