Gregory Park Improvements
What is this project?
The Gregory Park Trail Improvement project was proposed by the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists (OORC), a NWA mountain bicycle advocacy group. This proposal establishes a bike park to include sustainable improvements to the existing 1-mile perimeter trail for walkers and pedallers, as well as construction of a modular concrete pump track, a modular skills course, and two separate one-direction, gravity-flow downhill bicycle trails… one for beginners and one for intermediate riders.
Why is this project important?
The trails will serve as a trail-based recreation facility for Fayetteville, but will also serve as a practice course for nearby school teams participating in the new National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) mountain biking programs for student athletes in the US. The City of Fayetteville is also very excited to be the host city for the 2022 CycloCross World Championships, which will take place at Gregory Park.
What is the current status?
The pump track was the initial installation. The concrete track was constructed off-site by Progressive Bike Ramps of Joplin, MO and installed by Progressive Trail Design (PTD) of Fayetteville, AR. The two downhill flow trails were also constructed by PTD. The skills park track features were constructed and installed by Fast Rack Modern Cycling Solutions of Fort Smith, AR.
How was it funded?
The OORC received a trail improvement grant for implementation of this project and Fayetteville Parks and Recreation is providing assistance through donations of stone, gravel, soil, and culvert materials, as well as the commitment to construct a new paved parking lot once trail construction is complete.
Additional improvements planned by Fayetteville Parks and Recreation include.
- Trailhead Sign/Information Kiosk w/ map
- Park rules sign
- Park entry sign on Sycamore at park entry and perhaps at the corner of Sycamore and Woolsey
- Pavilion improvements
- ADA access to pavilion
- ADA table and access on site
- Terracing on north side of pavilion for spectator seating
- Picnic tables for pavilion
- Picnic tables for site picnic area
- On-trail signage
- Drainage improvements