The Heights and Hillcrest areas are bordered on three sides by some of Little Rock's finest parks—on the south, War Memorial Park with its golf course and playgrounds; to the north, Murray and Rebsamen parks serve as a picturesque buffer between the neighborhoods, the Arkansas River and the nearby Big Dam Bridge; and to the east, the spacious and lush Allsopp Park offers residents quick access to a series of walking trails. Many of these city-owned parks are within walking or biking distance, offer a range of activities from slides and sandboxes to biking and hiking trails, along with golf, soccer, volleyball and tennis facilities. For more information, visit the Little Rock Parks Department website at www.lrpr.org.
Kavanaugh Boulevard and Cedar Hill
This park, located on Cantrell and Cedar Hill roads and extending to Kavanaugh Boulevard in Hillcrest, is one of Little Rock's most popular parks. It includes a large playground, baseball field, tennis courts and 4.5 miles of biking and hiking trails.
Arkansas River Trail
(AKA: The Millennium Trail)
Already a popular cycling/walking trail, the Arkansas River Trail is an awesome way to see the city—from this side or from the north side of the river! While already offering bikers and hikers more than 17 miles of trails, loops, extensions and a spectacular view from the Big Dam Bridge, when completed, it will stretch 24 miles through the heart of city.
McKinley St. at Greenwood Rd.
Located inside Cammack Village near the Heights, this is a great little neighborhood park. With swings and other playground equipment, it's the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the kids the swings or play a friendly game of hoops with your friends.
Jim Dailey Aquatic and Fitness Center
300 S. Monroe St.
With activities such as swimming, pickle-ball, walking, hip-hop, step aerobics or old-school basketball, it's no wonder Jim Dailey Aquatic and Fitness Center's slogan is "Fitness for Life." In addition, members have access to a pool, whirlpool, jogging/walking track, locker rooms and more. The fitness center is open daily and offers a daily, monthly or annual payment plans. For more information, call 664-6976.
Ozark and North Martin Streets
Originally developed in the 1930s as a Works Progress Administration project, Knoop Park offers visitors hiking trails and picnic tables. The park is known for its striking vistas.
Rebsamen Park Road
Right on the Arkansas River, Murray Park is a great place to do some fishing. With eight pavilions, two soccer fields, two playgrounds, six volleyball courts and a boat dock, the sporting activities are limitless. Known for its picturesque biking and jogging paths, Murray Park is the place to get out and enjoy the scenery.
Located inside Murray Park
With two shaded acres for tail-wagging family members, Little Rock's first fenced off-the-leash park has several amenities your pooch will enjoy. For human family members, there is convenient parking, nearby restrooms, and "mutt mitts" for a quick cleanup.
Prospect Terrace Park
Corner of I and Tyler Streets
A little jewel of a park just off Kavanaugh Boulevard. The playground, basketball goals and picnic tables make it a sweet spot for families with young children.
Rebsamen Park Golf Course and Tennis Courts
Rebsamen Park Road
Rebsamen Golf Course
Nestled in a bend of the Arkansas River, this 18-hole course was designed for golfers of all levels. Rebsamen's open fairways and bent grass greens perfectly frame some of Arkansas' most breathtaking river views. A second 9-hole executive course offers golfers a shorter playtime option. A full-service driving range gives golfers a chance to work on their swing.
Rebsamen Tennis Center
The Rebsamen Tennis Center is run by Little Rock Parks & Recreation, and is considered one of the south's top-notch public tennis facilities. Since opening in 1980, the city's courts have received several awards including the United States Tennis Association's National Public Facility of the Year Award.
War Memorial Park
I-630 and Fair Park
As one of the city's oldest and most popular parks, War Memorial Park offers a golf course, as well as convenient picnic spots, pond fishing and playground equipment for the kids.
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