The City of Garfield maintains a public 5-acre park called Hamilton Park, which is centrally located on the south side of Marshall Street (US-62). On June 11, 2019, a special public forum was held at Garfield City Hall concerning a proposed grant application by the City for funds from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, Outdoor Recreation Grants Program, to be used for improvements to Hamilton Park.
The State’s grant program called FUN Park Grant is available to qualifying small communities with a population of 2,500 or less and is awarded without matching funds. The grant value maximum is $50,000.
At the special forum, information was presented about the FUN Park Grant and the application process. Guest speakers were Gary Blackburn, Jeff Dodson, Jim Teeselink, Stacy Thompson, and Teresa Vining. Citizens in attendance at the special forum provided input about the needs of Hamilton Park, including park lighting and equipment that is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.
A regular monthly meeting of the Garfield City Council followed the special public forum on June 11. During the City Council meeting, the Council passed a resolution (Resolution 150) to authorize the Garfield Mayor and Recorder-Treasurer to submit an application to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism for grant funding to be used in the further development of Hamilton Park.
To read the minutes from the special public forum on the FUN Park Grant application and the Garfield City Council’s Resolution 150, follow the links below.