Walton Family Foundation financially assists Bentonville for Bella Vista Lake plan

Posted: October 25, 2017 at 1 a.m.

John Finch of Rogers and his dog, Samantha, walk Tuesday across Lake Bella Vista dam. Some want the dam removed. Others want to see it repaired. Bentonville’s City Council accepted a $98,960 grant from the Walton Family Foundation on Tuesday so the city could hire Ecological Design Group for $29,250 and the Watershed Resource Conservation Center for $63,960 to study three options to develop or change the lake and surrounding grounds.

BENTONVILLE -- A four-way partnership will develop options for Bella Vista Lake Park, moving toward an answer of what the future will be for the man-made lake and failed dam.

Pedestrians walk Tuesday across a spillway section of the Lake Bella Vista dam.

Little Sugar Creek emerges Tuesday from a spillway at the Lake Bella Vista dam. Friends of Little Sugar Creek, a nonprofit organization, has advocated...

Council action

The Bentonville City Council met Tuesday and approved:

• Appointing Lauren Haynes to the Public Art Advisory Committee.

• A $25,000 donation from Walmart for 430 trees for the annual tree planting blitz.

• A $791,469 reconciliation change order from Flintco for the new maintenance complex.

• Amendments to the 2012 Arkansas Fire Prevention Code volume one.

• Creating a right-of-way permit for the Street Department.

The council tabled an update to the city’s schedule of fees.

Source: Staff report

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