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State parks plan Spring Break programs

State parks plan Spring Break programs

Arkansas’s spring break is coming up fast, March 16-25. Arkansas State Parks are open for business and ready for guests who want safe, outdoor, family-friendly places to play and make memories.

Archeology Day at Petit Jean State Park is March 17

Archeology Day at Petit Jean State Park is March 17

Arkansas Archeology Month 2012, cosponsored by the Arkansas Archeological Survey and the Arkansas Archeological Society, is celebrated in March with a variety of programs, exhibits, activities and tours at parks, museums, universities, libraries and elsewhere. This year’s theme is Archeology of Communities

Project office defers shoreline requests until fall

Project office defers shoreline requests until fall

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - As a result of budget constraints the Army Corps of Engineers Russellville Project Office will defer all new requests for shoreline use until October 1.

Shoreline use requests include fire protection (mowing/underbrushing) and footpath permits, private or community boat dock requests, and requests for modification to an existing boat dock.  All zoning criteria and shoreline management regulations remain in effect. 

For more information about recreation at Little Rock District parks visit www.facebook.com/littlerockusace.

Notice of public hearing

Notice of public hearing

Notice is hereby given that the City of Russellville, Russellville Recreation and Parks Department is seeking public input on park needs, the addition of Dwight Mission to the City’s park system and the development of a municipal aquatic center.

The meeting will be held at 5:30pm on Monday, March 12 at the Hughes Community Center, 1000 East Parkway, Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas.  The public is invited to attend.

Lake Dardanelle State Park to Host Boater Education Course

Lake Dardanelle State Park to Host Boater Education Course

Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and the Auxiliary Coast Guard are partnering to provide a Boating Education Course open to the public.

Plan to attend the Boating Education Course offered March 12 & 13, 2012 at the Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center Classroom from 6-9 p.m. You must attend both nights to complete the course. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s “Mandatory Boating Education Regulation states that: “Anyone born after 1985 must take and pass an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Boating Education Course and carry proof that he or she has satisfactorily completed the course in order to operate a motorboat in Arkansas.”

The minimum 6 hour course includes; boat classification, registration, and life saving equipment, navigation aids, rules of the road, maintenance, courtesy, and much more. The course is free of charge and is open to a limited number. Pre-registration is required. Please call 479-967-5516.

Corps to host workshops discussing changes in park operations

Corps to host workshops discussing changes in park operations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District is hosting five public workshops in February to discuss proposed changes in operations at 29 of its parks because of budget cuts.

Although there will be no group presentations, the public is invited to drop by any time during the workshops and talk one on one with Corps representatives about the proposed recreational changes, provide input and learn more about volunteer and potential partnership opportunities. Written comments will also be accepted at the workshops. 

The Corps is looking for partners willing to take over operations and maintenance duties at affected facilities to help keep them from closing.

For individuals interested in the proposed recreational changes at Clearwater Lake, the workshop will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 9, at the Clearwater Project Office adjacent to Clearwater Dam in Piedmont, Mo.

Hikes, Hearts and Hugs Weekend at Petit Jean State Park

Hikes, Hearts and Hugs Weekend at Petit Jean State Park

Petit Jean State Park’s annual Hikes, Hearts and Hugs event will be held this February 11 and 12, 2012.  Although the park’s Mather Lodge and restaurant are closed for a major renovation, cabins are still available to rent.

Planned programs are geared toward couples and include several guided hikes, including one to the bottom of the park’s largest waterfall, Cedar Falls.  Visitors will also have the chance to hear stories such as the “Romantic Legend of Petit Jean”, as well as play a game based on the “Newlywed Game” and specifically designed for couples, called “How Well Do You Really Know Me?”