The needs at Curtis Walker Park have been so important that money to help the area could come from the Advertising & Promotion Commission.
The A&P Commission approved a resolution that would support the use of A&P revenue for improvements at Curtis Walker Park as well as other parks including Conway Station Park, City of Colleges Park, Conway Expo and Fairgrounds and renovations and addition of restrooms at all parks.
The money that would be used would come from Conway’s share of the A&P tax. Currently, that money has been paying on the city’s debt service, but money has accumulated over and above any debt service paid. However, the A&P Commission must approve how that money is spent.
“A Master Plan has been placed for Conway’s parks,” said commission member Andy Hawkins, who is also a Conway Alderman. “But there are also immediate needs. I hate to use the word ‘stopgap,’ but there are things that are needed as soon as possible.”
The commission agreed that the extra money would be put to good use in park improvements, although they also agreed to be able to use the resolution to say no to certain requests.
The first phase of the Curtis Walker master plan will have a concessions area, mens and women’s toilets, a family restroom and storage for the football and baseball programs.
The multi-purpose recreational facility on Museum Road is used today for Optimist football, semipro baseball, American Legion baseball, city baseball and St. Joseph High School baseball.
Future improvements to the complex, including renovation of the baseball field adding bleachers, shade structures, a parking lot, picnic areas and a pavilion would bring the total development cost at about $800,000.