The Springdale Planning Commission unanimously approved a plan for a campsite on scenic landscape that hugs the Razorback Greenway. But some neighbors say they aren’t too fond of the idea of overnight guests.
“The use of that space has been for unique events and special occasions, but unless someone was invited to one of those events, you probably would never be there,” said Kelly Syre, the executive director of the Downtown Springdale Alliance.
Magnolia Gardens can now be an attraction for everyone.
“New owners are looking at how do they make the space more public and integrate it into what downtown is becoming,” Syre said.
The property owners, Springdale Downtown, L.L.C., will add five tent sites and two teepees to this land.
“Now we have this beautiful place that will become more accessible for people utilizing trails and they will find it beautiful stopping point,” Syre said.
But with the proposal comes concerns from neighbors. Two people, who didn’t want to go on camera, say they don’t want the extra noise, fires, and possibility of unwelcome guests.
The campsite will be closely monitored so officials with the Downtown Springdale Alliance say the homeless population shouldn’t be a problem.
“Campers will make a reservation to stay in the location so it’s not something that people will just wander in and out of, they will be in a secure area,” Syre said.
As for the noise concern, the alliance says it won’t be an issue.
“There will be some outdoor spaces for limited scale camping. We’re not talking about an enormous camping operation,” Syre said. “Something that has been very tucked away in Springdale will now be much more visible and we are excited about that.”