Arkansas May 30, 2018
7 Unique Arkansas Playgrounds You’ll Want To Visit This Summer
Action packed weekend getaways are great, but a simple trip to a city park can have just as many memories. From kid-designed to all-inclusive, these Arkansas playgrounds will delight families this summer. Let’s slide down to these parks and find a new favorite.
1. Peabody Splash Park - Little Rock
This is one of the three splash pads scattered around Little Rock but the only one designed from suggestions made by local children. Besides the motion-censored spay area, the park also has underground rooms and climbing stones. Peabody Splash Park is within the Riverfront Park which is on 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201.
2. Soaring Eagle Memorial Park - Vilonia
As part of restoration after the devastating 2014 tornado, the city of Vilonia and KaBOOM! (a national non-profit organization) built a new city park to help regain normalcy for the city's younger residents. The playground's design was based on a children's drawing competition held in 2015. Soaring Eagle Memorial Park is located at 59 Cemetery St., Vilonia, AR, 72173.
3. One Heart Playground - North Little Rock
One little girl was the inspiration for this all-inclusive playground. 4-year old Emma Wason, who was born with a congenital heart defect and Turner Syndrome, needed a playground that fit her wheelchair needs. The city and citizens worked together to create the One Heart Playground. The playground is part of Burns Park along Funland Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118.
4. Bike Park - Bentonville
This bike park makes for a unique adventure for riders of all ages. Play along the ramps and rolling hills to test your skills.
5. Ben Geren Park - Fort Smith
Your expectations will be exceeded at the largest park in the region. Ben Geren has a fun playground, full-fledged water park, go karts, golf (standard, mini, and disc), numerous sports fields, and walking trails. Ben Geren is located at 7200 Zero St., Fort Smith, AR 72903.
6. Rotary Centennial Park - Jonesboro
The three Rotary Clubs in Jonesboro worked together to create this fort-featuring park. The inclusive park also has a splash pad and a bankshot basketball court. You'll find this playground at Craighead Forest Park which is on 4910 S Culberhouse Rd., Jonesboro, AR 72404.
7. Wilson Park - Fayetteville
Established in 1906, Wilson Park is Fayetteville's oldest and first city park. The castle at the park was part of a design competition held in the 1970s. Artist and Sculptor Frank Williams won with a scale model of the castle. The park has three age-based playgrounds that every kid will love. Wilson Park is located at 675 N Park Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72701.
Where is your favorite playground in Arkansas? Let us know below!