Donjek Project: Renovation of Little Rock’s MacArthur Park

Readers will find continuity in another brief comment on parks:  The Cents of Place blog has touched on the economic value of parks and the multiple layers of significance in a space like Rice Park in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.

Donjek has been retained to assist in the implementation analysis for MacArthur Park in Little Rock, Arkansas.  In our office, implementation means raising the capital and operating funds required to renovate and operate quality open space into the future.  Partners, which have moved the project for the last twelve months, include lead consultants Conway + Schulte, as well as Oslund and Associates, each of Minneapolis, and the University of Arkansas Design Center and McClelland Engineers of Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas.

MacArthur Park represents an urban open space with significant historic elements and a physical location close to commercial and academic assets, but challenged by the close proximity of two interstate highways in Little Rock.  Over the coming weeks, we will be examining public and private funding mechanisms and their application to MacArthur Park and the realization of community objectives for the space.  

Graphic:  Courtesy of Conway + Schulte

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