War Memorial growth 

With sale of its three-acre portion of the old Ray Winder Field to UAMS finally complete, the city of Little Rock has gone to work on replacing the lost War Memorial Park land. The old ballpark is going to be turned into a parking lot and city policy now encourages replacement of lost park land.

The city has $1.3 million from the sale. It is looking across the formidable barrier of Interstate 630 to replace the lost acreage – specifically a three-block strip of land bounded by Van Buren on the west, 11th Street on the south, the freeway on the north and, on the east, city-owned green space along Jonesboro Drive, the southern entrance to War Memorial Park across a freeway bridge.

An appraisal firm has sent letters to owners of 12 properties about potential purchases. The letters prompted some fear that the city was already moving on acquisitions for the 28 acres to be acquired for a research park to be funded by new tax dollars. But that process is not yet underway.

City Manager Bruce Moore says the city does not yet have specific park development plans for the new acreage. Assistant City Manager Bryan Day referred to Mayor Mark Stodola the question of whether the city would condemn the land if owners don't think prices are high enough or are unwilling to sell at any price. Stodola had not responded at press time.


Sign up for the Daily Update email

Speaking of...


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in The Insider

  • All in the family

    Old habits die hard. We may have a new Republican majority in the legislature, but like the old Democratic majority, it still doesn't hurt to have a lawmaker spouse to land a part-time job during the legislative session.
    • Jan 30, 2013
  • 'Circuit breaker' legal

    When we first asked Gov. Mike Beebe about the "circuit breaker" idea out of Arizona (automatically opting out of Medicaid expansion if the feds reduce the matching rates in the future), he said it was fine but noted that states can already opt out at any time, an assurance he got in writing from the feds.
    • Jan 30, 2013
  • Church goes to school in Conway

    An interesting controversy is brewing in Conway Public Schools, periodically a scene of discord as more liberal constituents object to the heavy dose of religion that powerful local churches have tried to inject into the schools, particularly in sex education short on science and long on abstinence.
    • Jan 23, 2013
  • More »

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: A Q&A with Hanna Al-Jibouri

    • So proud of you, Hanna, and the life- changing work you are doing for precious…

    • on April 19, 2018
  • Re: Kids leading

    • It's a shame that US still allows corporal punishments in school, it's an unacceptable act,…

    • on April 19, 2018
  • Re: Kids leading

    • Paddling in school is disgusting and it's a shame that US still allows that practice,…

    • on April 19, 2018

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation