ART INSTALLATIONS BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO ROGERS BMX/SKATE PARK

Community Partners Collaborate to Reinvest in Public Space

ROGERS, AR December 1, 2017—Following the successful Natural State-themed makeover of Bentonville's BMX/skate park in October, community partners from throughout the region have come together to revitalize a similar amenity in Rogers. With a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, BikeNWA teamed up with Rogers Parks and Recreation, the Arkansas Arts Academy, visual artist Graham Edwards, Runway Group, and AMP Sign & Banner to add some flair to the BMX/skate park located adjacent to the Rogers Activity Center.

Visual artist Graham Edwards (seated) is joined by local skaters and BMXers in front of Edwards' colorful geometric designs.

Visual artist Graham Edwards (seated) is joined by local skaters and BMXers in front of Edwards' colorful geometric designs.

Edwards' colorful geometric patterns now grace the tops of the steep gray ramps, and a tableau illustrating the evolution from surfing to skateboarding—designed by Arkansas Arts Academy students—spans the back of one of the main structures at the park.

Photo by David Kersey of the Arkansas Arts Academy

Photo by David Kersey of the Arkansas Arts Academy

Skaters, BMXers, friends, and family are invited to celebrate the park's new look on Saturday, December 2nd, from 12-4PM. The kid-friendly party will feature BMX & skate contests (with 10 boards and two bikes as prizes), live art installations, live music by The Vanogans (featuring local skater Jared Henry) and local DJ Abboriginal, and Northwest Arkansas's only cajun food truck—Andouille—will be there serving up the best creole cookin' north of the Arkansas-Louisiana line.

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