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Park planned for old landfill site

Posted: February 27, 2013 - 8:57pm

Representatives from the Central Arkansas Off-Road Group met with the Conway City Council to present their plans for the proposed Blaney Hill Outdoor Recreational Park.

The park would be on the site of the old landfill at Blaney Hill Road. The site has been released by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for limited development.

“We would like to use this site for an outdoor recreation park,” COG Secretary Michael Hinchcliff said. “We’re not looking for just another park. We’re not looking for just another place for people to ride bikes. We want something that’s special.”

Conway Mayor Tab Townsell and council members unanimously endorsed the park to allow COG to move forward with fundraising. The city will also have to annex the site, which encompasses 110+ acres and borders the city.

The proposed park would include opportunities for outdoor activities such as mountain biking, trail running and possible areas for other specialty activities such as disc golf and remote control airplanes.

“If we design it properly — which we will — we’re going to make it where it suits a very broad range of users so that it will appeal to everybody,” Hinchcliff said.

COG estimates the park to cost $500,000 to $600,000, Hinchcliff said, and the group is looking for grants to pay for the initial development. COG will then take responsibility for ongoing maintenance.

Alderman Wesley Pruitt said he has been part of volunteer maintenance on different trails and has seen firsthand how the group and its members have a good track record.

Hinchcliff said they are using Cedar Glades Park in Hot Springs as a model.

“They took an old landfill and developed it as a trail system,” he said. “They host several events throughout the year that actually brings people from all over the country and all over the world ... We would like to do the same with this site.”

COG hopes to use a professional trail design builder to optimize the use of the land. The group has a three-phase master plan that is dependent on funding.

The first phase would be a basic minimal park with no plans for water with Phase Two bringing possible playgrounds, pavilions and bathrooms to the site. The third phase could happen at any time, Hinchcliff said, and would encompass specialty areas such as a disc golf course and other specialty outdoor activities. This final phase would depend on stakeholders stepping up to contribute for their specific activities.

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ARVoiceofLogic
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ARVoiceofLogic 02/28/13 - 09:24 am
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This is great.

Unique things that add value to the city and that have the potential to bring people in from all over the region.

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ThePaleHorseman 02/28/13 - 09:58 am
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Mt. Trashmore

Sounds fun to me.

rathjen
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rathjen 02/28/13 - 10:04 am
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I agree. This is huge for

I agree. This is huge for Conway.

Maybe a target range could be built on the property as well.

ThePaleHorseman
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ThePaleHorseman 02/28/13 - 10:14 am
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What will you be targeting?

Mountain bikers or disc golfers?

rathjen
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rathjen 02/28/13 - 10:40 am
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The reason I pitched the idea

The reason I pitched the idea is based on the size of the facility. 110 acres is pretty big. If thought out well, it could be placed on the property where by bikers and recreational gun enthusiasts could both co-exist.

A target range could be used for shooting skeet, pistols, or sighting in rifles for deer season.

I realize that the report from a rifle might be disturbing to nearby residents, but it would be considerably less noise pollution than an exhaust of a motor cross bike.

I am not here to proselytize gun rights with my suggestion. It was an idea that we could use the area for an additional use.

Have a nice day.

Larry

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ARVoiceofLogic 02/28/13 - 11:06 am
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rathjen

This was probably the most well presented argument from a gun advocate on this forum. Beware, unless you start getting much angrier, you won't survive around here (LOL).

Anyway, I noticed you were discussed moto-cross bike noise pollution. From what I understand, this would be for MTB (mountain bicycles which are pedal/human powered). Perhaps I'm mistaken there though.

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Igor Rabinowitz 02/28/13 - 11:11 am
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As far as I'm aware

It's for non-motorized machines.

Motorized machine off-road parks quickly turn into a redneck festival of stupid, and if you don't believe me ask Burns Park.

Such matters are better left to for-pay facilities.

rathjen
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rathjen 02/28/13 - 11:47 am
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Thank you for your

Thank you for your compliment.

If the track is for non-motorized bicycles, what about the idea of opening the trails up for people that want to ride their horses, or walk their dogs?

ARVoiceofLogic
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ARVoiceofLogic 02/28/13 - 11:57 am
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I'd disagree with that

on the grounds that I wouldn't want to maintain a mountain biking trail to have to ride my bike through animal [filtered word].

Same reason they aren't allowed on the big dam bridge.

Also, have you tried riding a bike on the Tucker Creek trail? People use those extendable/retractable leashes and let their dogs cross the entire path. I'd hate to come around a bend on a MTB and fly through a leash. The dog won't be happy, the owner won't be happy, and the wrecked biker sure won't be happy.

My .02.

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i_wonder 02/28/13 - 12:06 pm
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"The dog won't be happy, the owner won't be happy, and the wrecked biker sure won't be happy."

Would Bobby McFerrin be happy?

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