if (!window.Zephr) window.Zephr = {}; window.Zephr.accessDetails = {"isAuthenticated":false,"accessDecisions":{},"entitlements":{},"credits":{},"meters":{},"trials":{"BGw23p":{"isUsedInDecision":false},"F2yfST":{"isUsedInDecision":false},"wUFYzA":{"isUsedInDecision":false},"04Hdf4":{"isUsedInDecision":false},"CkT6yt":{"isUsedInDecision":false},"diHddV":{"isUsedInDecision":false},"C3uk9w":{"isUsedInDecision":false}},"timeTrials":{},"trialTrackingDetails":[],"testGroups":{},"activeProducts":[]}; \r\n BENTONVILLE -- The City Council on Tuesday night approved two land donations from the Trailblazers in connection with the 8th Street Gateway Park project and the Razorback Greenway. Trailblazers is a Northwest Arkansas-based nonprofit formed in 2021.

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The votes were 7-0 with Councilman Bill Burckart absent.

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Walmart and members of the Walton family in 2019 donated property to the Trailblazers with the intent -- agreed upon by the city -- it be turned into a flagship park. The Trailblazers have held onto the land and provided maintenance during the interim, David Wright, Parks and Recreation director, said in a letter to the City Council and Mayor Stephanie Orman.

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After receiving Design Excellence Grant funding, and the passage of a bond issue in 2021, the project is nearing the bidding stage, Wright said.

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"Since we are so close to bidding, it is the appropriate time to accept the land donation," Wright wrote.

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The design team is tracking toward construction documents being ready by the end of the year, and officials expect bidding to occur in the first quarter of 2024 with construction to follow.

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In December 2019, Walmart announced the donation of 75 acres for future park development. A previous 23-acre donation from the Walton family helped establish nearly 100 acres of available greenspace west of the intersection of Southwest Eighth and Southwest I streets that will make up the 8th Street Gateway Park.

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The park will have three unique areas -- a west park, a park core and an east park, Wright said.

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The total cost of the park is estimated at $37 million. A 2021 bond issue will allocate $5 million for the park.

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The remaining $32 million will be raised through private fundraising, Wright said.

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In 2016, the city received a grant to reroute the Razorback Greenway off of Southeast P Street to a dedicated greenway trail that included a tunnel under Southeast 14th Street.

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Soon after designing the trail, the city was asked by Walmart to hold the project as it reviewed how the greenway would proceed through the property, Wright said in a second letter to the City Council and Orman.

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"Later we learned Walmart was planning on a new corporate campus and they wanted the trail to move through the center of their campus," Wright said in his letter.

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"Since this time, we have worked with Walmart and the Trailblazers on a design of a tunnel and trail that connects to the existing Razorback Greenway behind Bentonville High School," Wright wrote. "The Trailblazers were able to acquire land and we worked through design and flood studies and are soon ready to move forward. This donation provides us the land to construct this future trail."

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The tunnel will be west of the Southeast 14th Street/Southeast P Street intersection.

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The land parcel that was donated is about an acre to behinds high school, Wright said.

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The Trailblazers have offered to take on the cost and construction management of the tunnel. Parks and Recreation is responsible for the construction of the trail. Design is 90% complete and is under review by Arkansas Department of Transportation, Wright said.

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"Our hope is this project is ready to construct in early 2024 with completion well before the opening of the Walmart campus," Wright said.

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Proclamations

There were proclamations read at the Bentonville City Council meeting on Tuesday night for Fire Prevention Week, Blindness Awareness Month and White Cane Safety Day.

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Bentonville City Council approves land donations

CITY HALL ON THE MOVE
A new sign is seen on  Tuesday Dec. 29 2020 at the new Bentonville City Hall building at 305 S.W A St. The city is preparing to move city hall from it's location near the square to the new building. Go to nwaonline.com/201230Daily/ to see more photos. 
(NWA Democrat Gazette/Flip Putthoff)
CITY HALL ON THE MOVE A new sign is seen on Tuesday Dec. 29 2020 at the new Bentonville City Hall building at 305 S.W A St. The city is preparing to move city hall from it's location near the square to the new building. Go to nwaonline.com/201230Daily/ to see more photos. (NWA Democrat Gazette/Flip Putthoff)


BENTONVILLE -- The City Council on Tuesday night approved two land donations from the Trailblazers in connection with the 8th Street Gateway Park project and the Razorback Greenway.

The story was updated to clarify when Trailblazers formed.

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