New mountain biking trail opens at Mt. Nebo

DARDANELLE, Ark. (KNWA) — The first phase of a new, “world-class” seven-mile mountain biking trail will open Saturday, July 27, at Mount Nebo State Park.

The family-friendly trail is the second Monument Trail to open. The first was at Hobbs State Park in Rogers.

“Monument Trails are a project of the recently-established nonprofit organization Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation (APRF). The foundation is funded through private donations and grants,” reports our partner Talk Business & Politics. 

The Walton Family Foundation provided a $519,000 grant to Arkansas Parks and Recreation for the construction of the first phase of the trail at Mt. Nebo.

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First cohort chosen for TRUE Northwest Arkansas initiative

Twenty organizations have been chosen to participate in the inaugural TRUE Northwest Arkansas Train Cohort.

The TRUE Northwest Arkansas initiative is a three-year pilot program announced last year.

The purpose of the cohort is to “build leaders for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the region through peer learning, coaching and development of DEI plans for each organization,” according to organizers.

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Conceptual Plans unveiled for Centennial Park in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE -- Land once serving as a family's farm will become a mountain-biking attraction for professionals and spectators alike under a plan revealed to the public Wednesday.

About 30 people attended a public input session for Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain. The city acquired the 228 acres west of Interstate 49 and north of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard last year through a matching grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

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Locals Say Fayetteville Lacks in Trails, City's Multi-Million Dollar Project Will Change That

"It's important that we provide access to people that are walking and biking to different parts of the city, and the reality is we just haven't connected all the destinations in Fayetteville via pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure," said Bike NWA Executive Director Paxton Roberts.

The city's current budget gives $1.5 million a year to improving and building trails.

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