A grass-roots effort to fulfill the great potential of this downtown park the size of four city blocks, which incorporates the Arkansas Museum of Military History in the historic Arsenal building (where Gen. Douglas MacArthur was born and resided for about 15 seconds) and the Arkansas Arts Center, is making strides, winning design awards and getting grants. Their tackling its looks first — the Ninth Street side of the park doesn't have much presence — and have ambitious plans for a park/bridge over the park's southern boundary, I-630. But now, here's the park you'll go to to see fine art, dodge Muscovy ducks in the pond out back, play bicycle polo on the basketball courts, and just to stroll its grassy expanse. Creeping along: Plans for the Firehouse Hostel and Museum in a historic firehouse on the southwest corner of the grounds.
Central Arkansas is the urban heart of Arkansas, but that doesn't mean it's all concrete and office buildings. In Little Rock, the Parks and Recreation Department has promoted the moniker "City in a Park," and North Little Rock can lay claim to one of the largest urban greenspaces in the United States, the 1,575-acre Burns Park.