The City of Siloam Springs held the groundbreaking ceremony for the City Lake improvements on Monday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m. These improvements will make City Lake a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, families and visitors from all over the region.
The master plan for Siloam Springs City Lake includes the City of Siloam Springs partnering with Ozark Off Road Cyclists (OORC) to bring much needed improvements to the property. With a variety of topography and ecological systems, the City of Siloam Springs and Ozark Off Road Cyclists believe City Lake is a natural candidate for outdoor activity to include walking, hiking, trail running, cycling, paddling and wildlife education.
Key elements of City Lake improvements include:
- Approximately five miles of dirt trails of varying skill levels
- A wooden truss bridge to cross Flint Creek on the east side of the lake
- Approximately one mile of soft-surface multi-use trail on the southeast side of the lake
- A birder blind
- Bike park and skills course
- Multiple gravel parking lots
- A fishing dock
- Disc golf course
Siloam Springs City Lake is a 165-acre property, located approximately two miles north of Siloam Springs. Originally acquired in 1944, the property remained in its natural state until 2009, when a pump house was installed. Funding for the improvements will come from previously Board 2016 and 2017 approved monies, Transportations Alternative Program (TAP) grant from the Arkansas Highway Transportation Department and private funding sources. Additional grants have been applied for as well. Parts of the intermediate trail will be built by OORC’s trained volunteers.
(pictured from left to right are: Board members- Brad Burns, Bob Coleman, Frank Johnson, Steve Beers, Amy Smith, Mayor John Mark Turner, City Administrator Phillip Patterson, Community Development Director Don Clark. Not pictured: Board members Carol Smiley and Lucas Roebuck)