New Park Coming to Rogers, Arkansas
Rogers announced plans for a unique, community focused project that will add to the existing efforts made in revitalizing the Downtown area. Frisco Park will be getting a major face-lift as well as a new name, Railyard Park. The decision to rename the park stems from the history and economic influence the Arkansas-Missouri Railroad has had on Rogers. The park will stretch across both sides of the railroad and incorporate some tools and structures commonly found in the railroad industry.
The city received a grant from the Walton Family Foundation through the Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program that helped with the design and re-branding of the park. It was important to the city to design a space that residents and visitors can gather and utilize as the heart of Downtown Rogers. There were multiple community input sessions conducted by the city to get an idea of what the residents were wanting. After compiling the responses, the city found five community priorities they would like to see established in the park’s design: Inviting, Memorable, Challenging, Beautiful, and Authentic.
The park will be a series of flexible and versatile plazas that can be transformed for different uses. Some key features of the park will be a new stage and seating for 800 to 1,000 people, a stretch of green space and trees called Frisco Plaza, a water park called the Water Yard, and an area called the Play Yard that will feature an old Mi-Jack plane to tie in the history of the railroad that runs through the park. The idea is that this area will offer visitors a place to relax or enjoy entertainment within steps to the shops and restaurants in Downtown.
The renderings released by the city show a bright color scheme, green spaces, and a multitude of activities for residents and visitors to enjoy.
The Railyard Park addition comes a couple years after the city’s adoption of a downtown revitalization master plan. Rogers, as a whole, is experiencing major growth in the Uptown region and this park will allow for residents and visitors to have another space to gather in the historic Downtown area. Once the park is completed, Downtown Rogers will be a place where people can gather, shop, play, and work all within a matter of a few steps.