The city of Conway will have a park with splash pad this summer and could have a vanpool service to Little Rock before the end of the year.
On Tuesday, the Conway City Council approved the proposal for a 5,485-square-foot splash pad at Laurel Park that is estimated to cost a total of $330,000. The project will be funded through a 50/50 matching grant, meaning the city will only be responsible for about $165,000.
The splash pad, which will be on the playground side of Laurel Park, will feature a toddler bay, family bay, action bay, ADA entrance sidewalk, four shade structures, four picnic tables, eight park benches and four trash cans.
Additionally, the city plans to extend parking and add two larger pavilions.
“It’s a lot bigger for the same price,” Grant Administrator Candy Jones said after officials received bids on the project.
Also Tuesday, aldermen approved a resolution designating Rock Region Metropolitan Transit Authority as the recipient of the city’s Federal Transit Administration’s Urbanized Area Formula Program (5307 Funds), which Conway receives because it has a population between 50,000-199,000.
“This is our baby step into getting into [public] transportation,” Jones said. “This will not cost the city one cent.”
The program, which Jones said would likely take about eight months to get started, would start a vanpool from Conway to Little Rock and back.
Rock Region representative Becca Green, who addressed aldermen during a committee meeting about the program, said the initial vanpool would most likely serve Conway residents who commute to Little Rock for work.
“One of the commuters serves as captain of the vanpool,” Green said, noting the captain’s user fee is waived.
She said the program would start with one or two vans that could carry four to 15 passengers each.
“I love this idea,” Alderman David Grimes said. “I think it’s wonderful.”
Because riders pay a fare, the city would not have to provide any matching funds along with the 5307 grant. As long as the population doesn’t drop, Conway would receive around $880,000 each year through the grant.
Both items passed 7-0 with Alderman Wesley Pruitt absent.