Conway City Council on Tuesday night approved a master plan and the first phase of redevelopment of Curtis Walker Park, a multi-purpose sports complex on Museum Road.

At the request of Parks Director Steve Ibbotson, the Council voted to proceed with expenditures for Phase One of the park development, namely to build a 1,500 square-foot concession stand and restroom facilities at an estimated cost of $110,170 with funding to come from the Advertising Promotions prepared food and motel tax.

The first phase will have a concessions area, mens and women’s toilets, a family restroom and storage for the football and baseball programs.

The multi-purpose recreational facility on Museum Road is used today for Optimist football, semipro baseball, American Legion baseball, city baseball and St. Joseph High School baseball.

Future improvements to the complex, including renovation of the baseball field adding bleachers, shade structures, a parking lot, picnic areas and a pavilion would bring the total development cost at about $800,000.

Construction on Phase One is expected to begin after football season ends.

Ibbotson told the Council that more portable toilets will be added at the site in the interim.

In other business, the Council approved a resolution establishing an Airport Advisory Committee for the relocated Conway Airport in Lollie Bottoms.

As proposed, the committee would have seven members with at least four members licensed pilots. Terms would be four years.

Alderman Sheila Whitmore suggested that the positions be advertised.

According to the resolution, "the committee will provide advice and guidance to the Mayor, airport operator and City Council on airport management, operations, facilities, equipment, planning and other areas as needed for the efficient operations of the airport."

Alderman Mark Vaught voted against the resolution, saying conflict could arise between the Fixed Base Operator, a private company, and the advisory committee.

Bill Cope of Cope’s Aircraft Services, FBO of Cantrell Field since 1999, told the Council that advisory committees can be a good thing, with good people.

In other business the Council

• Accepted a low bid from Salter Construction of $37,690 for renovation of storage space to office space at the Conway Police Department.

Aldermen Theo Jones and David Grimes were absent.

Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at and 505-1234.