Construction at War Memorial Park good for tailgating and park goers

Just under two months until the kickoff to Razorback football in Little Rock, and if you've driven by War Memorial Stadium lately, you've probably noticed a bit of construction across the street - right in the middle of tailgate territory.

Little Rock Parks & Recreation officials say the construction is expected to be completed well before the Arkansas/Georgia game.

"This contract was actually written to be completed by September 26, well in advance of the October 18 Razorback game with Georgia," said Mark Webre, deputy director for Little Rock Parks and Recreation.

The city is constructing a near-mile long paved path through War Memorial Park, stretching along Fair Park Boulevard from Markham to I-630.

"Now people are going to be able to ride their bikes, they're going to be able to run, they're going to be able to walk with their families, strollers, in-line skates for over a mile," Webre said.

But the improvements to War Memorial Park also benefit the tailgater. Certain areas that were once flood prone, making them off limits on a rainy game day, have been graded and had drainage added to them. Plus, a once existing parking lot is no more - adding more greenspace to the park and oddly enough, more parking space.

"Believe it or not, we can put more cars in without a parking lot than we can with a parking lot," Webre said.

The project was made possible with a $250,000 grant. Webre said Parks & Recreation plans to rework Coleman Creek through War Memorial Park - making it more aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly.