Groups say paddle park could aid area

Pump Station dam needs to go, advisory board says

Posted: January 15, 2018 at 1 a.m.

The Pump Station dam on the West Fork of the White River is seen Wednesday near Pump Station Road and South Armstrong Avenue in Fayetteville. Watershed Conservation Resource Center, Arkansas Canoe Club and Beaver Watershed Alliance have proposed removing the dam at the west fork of the White River at Combs Park in Fayetteville. Advocates say the dam is crumbling and restoration work is needed. A paddle park has been proposed. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has expressed its support for the project.

FAYETTEVILLE — The city’s first drinking water source has become a dilapidated dam and natural area afflicted with garbage, serving as a detriment to water quality, conservation officials say.

Pump Station paddle park

Possibilities

• 8,000 feet of river restoration (includes removal of dam).

• Part of a future regional water trail.

• Seasonal whitewater feature for kayaks.

• Canoeing and other water sports with multiple take-outs.

• Multi-use trail (connection to future Razorback Greenway).

• Smallmouth bass and other fishing.

Cost

• River restoration — $3.5 million

• Whitewater feature and restored historic buildings — $1.5 million

Total — $5 million

Source: Watershed Conservation

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