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City of Bentonville receives grant from Waltons to add playground, dog park to Orchards Park

A $500K grant, at the recommendation of Steuart Walton and Tom Walton, will help transform green spaces at Orchards Park into active recreation areas for the city.
Credit: City of Bentonville

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The City of Bentonville has received a grant from the Walton Family Foundation to update Orchards Park.

The Walton Family Foundation is helping meet Bentonville’s demand for additional family-friendly amenities by supporting a new playground and dog park. 

A $500,000 grant, at the recommendation of Steuart Walton and Tom Walton, will help transform green spaces at Orchards Park into active recreation areas for the city’s downtown neighborhoods.

The project is part of the Play Bentonville Plan, which calls for a playground in Orchards Park and dog parks in each quadrant of the city. 

The children’s playground will include designated spaces for 2 to 5-year-olds and 5 to 15-year-olds. The area for older children will contain a synthetic turf surface as well as climbing and natural play elements. 

The adjacent dog park will feature fenced areas for small and large dogs, with shade structures, rock outcroppings, trees, water stations and play options. 

Currently, there is only one off-leash recreation area for dogs near the North Bentonville Trail. Both amenities will be located across from the entrance of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

The Bentonville City Council gave approval for the grant application process on Tuesday (Oct. 13). 

Once funding is received, the City will build the playground and dog park. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2021.

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