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Steven Ward with Gordon Hickman Excavation and Hauling digs a drainage ditch as part of ongoing improvements at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge. Plans are to use the dirt that is removed to develop new biking and hiking trails in the park.
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Walnut Ridge to improve park

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

The city of Walnut Ridge has several improvements lined up for Stewart Park. Council members voted Monday night to transfer $4,000 in unused pool repair funds to the park's general repairs/maintenance fund to aide in these projects.

Mayor Charles Snapp said the funds will help with upgrades needed at the pavilion restrooms. The bathroom interior is scheduled to be refinished using an epoxy to cover the concrete. This process is expected to eliminate odors and make the restroom easier to clean.

Work on the interior is scheduled for Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. Portable toilets will be available during this time.

Additionally, Snapp said they are looking into replacing the partitions in the restrooms, updating the lighting and fans and getting the exterior painted.

Bike and hike
trail planned

Also at the meeting, the council discussed the addition of a bike and hike trail recently approved by the park committee. The trail will be set up to accommodate hikers and non-motorized bikes and will feature obstacles for riders.

Two trails have been proposed, one warm-up trail up to 900-feet long and the advanced trail, which will be up to two-miles long. Both trailheads will be at the pavilion.

According to Snapp, the whole project is expected to be done with little expense to the city. Volunteer support will be crucial in getting the trail done. Park committee chair Mechelle Davis is also applying for grants to cover expenses related to the trail.

Snapp said they are hoping to have the trail open in the spring.

In other business, the council approved:

the fireman's pension, which is paid for through a one-mill tax. This remains the only millage the city has.

the third reading of the release of a portion of right-of-way at the 300 block of West Poplar.

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