The City of Little Rock has received a $250,000 grant to upgrade parts of Wakefield Park and MacArthur Park.
The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism recently awarded the matching grant to Little Rock’s Parks and Recreation Park to upgrade the mini-pitch soccer and playground at Wakefield Park and add an “unlimited playground” at MacArthur Park.
“This grant is not just helping us make much needed improvements – it’s helping us build the first all-inclusive playground in the City of Little Rock,” John Eckart, Director of Parks and Recreation, said in a statement. “This is a historic milestone for our city. Every child, regardless of physical ability, should be able to enjoy the outdoors and play with friends.”
This grant will require the city to match 50 percent of the funds. According to a city news release, MacPark Group will be raising additional funds to build a larger playground feature.
City officials expect to begin work on the mini-pitch courts in spring 2021.
Image of MacArthur Park courtesy of Little Rock Convention and Visitor’s Bureau