Lake Atalanta Debuts Renovations, Opens To Public

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After being shut down for more than a year, the park at Lake Atalanta in Rogers made it’s debut to hundreds Saturday morning.

The city has completely redone the playgrounds, added a tree house, a splash pad and a number of fishing piers, so there’s a little something for everyone which officials hope will hopefully help in the revitalization of downtown Rogers.

“This is my husbands favorite fishing spot,” Park-goer Tiara Cantrell said.

It’s a park embedded in Rogers history.

“Really was the gathering place for Rogers for many, many decades,” Rogers Mayor Greg Hines said.

After 16 months of construction Lake Atalanta is finally open, Northwest Arkansans are excited and the city said making the park somewhere people wanted to be was crucial.

“The overwhelming majority of what we got from people is they wanted a natural space that they could really enjoy and take their families down,” Ben Cline with the city of Rogers said.

Rogers Mayor Greg Hines said he hopes the added foot traffic will drive the downtown economy.

“Create more business experiences and restaurant life and  so It think it all makes a package for Rogers to succeed,” Mayor Hines said.

“Being able to have a Central Park essentially just steps from your downtown really sets you apart from any other place in the region,” Cline said.

Mayor Hines said the park also has an ecosystem that’s unique to the Natural State.

“All of that makes it really important for us to take care of it,” Mayor Hines said.

Part of that care revolves around the cleanliness of the lake itself.

“The water is really clear and that’s nice,” Cantrell said.

And in order to keep it that way Ozark Water Watch stepped in.

“When we pave over everything you have flashing streams, you have run off, you have a lot more sediment in our streams,” Angela Danovi with Ozarks Water Watch said.

Danovi said one of the projects they installed included walking paths and parking lots using gravel and pavers to recreate a natural ecosystem.

“When it rains in a forest you have that water slowly percolate down into soil and then it will slowly make it’s way under ground to a body of water,” Danovi said.

But aside from the growth and preservation of the Natural State, the city of Rogers hopes Lake Atalanta’s second lease on life serves residents for years to come.

“Create lasting memories for the next generations,” Mayor Hines said.

If you want to head out to the lake, park hours and a trail preview can be found here.
 

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