There will be one more town hall meeting on the future of Conway’s parks and recreational facilities on Saturday.

City officials have worked with the UCA Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership, Geography and Environmental Science to hold town hall meetings for the city’s individual wards, but the final meeting from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday is open to all city residents. The meeting will be on the second floor of the Conway Police Department in the community room.

Most town hall participants are "very pleased with the current facilities," interdisciplinary PhD program director Rhonda McClellan said on Wednesday, and they are interested in maintaining what the city has to offer now. Better bathrooms have come up in the meetings, and the city has allocated money to rebuild bathrooms at the city’s outdoor parks. A grant is also secured to build a dog park, but the plan isn’t finalized yet.

McClellan said she hopes to gather more ideas from "strong voices from different groups within the city" about their visions for the future of the city’s parks and recreational facilities at Saturday’s meeting.

Also involved in the discussions have been members of the Conway Planning Department, which has provided assistance as necessary.

"Our previous ward-specific town halls have been well received, and we’ve decided to host one last city-wide meeting and we’re looking forward to hearing more ideas for future types of parks, locations for parks, and more activities for our citizens going forward," deputy director for planning Wes Craiglow said.

According to McClellan, a competitive tennis court facility with spectator seating and a city swimming pool have come up often at the meetings, as have continued development of bicycle trails and "cyclist-friendly" road improvements.

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