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Posted on: December 13, 2016

Siloam Springs City Lake to Become Regional Attraction with Planned Improvements

City Lake Plan

The City of Siloam Springs Board of Directors unanimously adopted the master plan for City Lake, which includes partnering with Ozark Off Road Cyclists (OORC) to bring much needed improvements to the property. With a variety of topography and ecological systems, the City of Siloam Springs and Ozark Off Road Cyclists believe City Lake is a natural candidate for outdoor activity to include walking, hiking, trail running, cycling, paddling and wildlife education.

Key elements of City Lake improvements include:

  • Approximately five miles of dirt trails of varying skill levels
  • A wooden truss bridge to cross Flint Creek on the east side of the lake
  • Approximately one mile of soft-surface multi-use trail on the southeast side of the lake
  • A birder blind
  • Bike park and skills course
  • Multiple gravel parking lots
  • A fishing dock
  • Disc golf course

These improvements would make City Lake a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, families and visitors from all over the region.

Phase 1 would include: (To be completed in 2017)

  • Beginner green trail of 1.36 miles
  • Intermediate blue trail 1.65 miles
  • Intermediate blue trail 1.46 miles
  • Intermediate trail .53 miles (flow trail)
  • Bridge (see attached photo)
  • Parking area

Phase 2 would include: (Construction 2017-2018) 

  • Bike park consisting of beginner, intermediate and advances skills features and pump track (see attached photos)
  • Walking trail
  • Bird blind (see attached photo)
  • Trail system signage

 City Lake is a 165-acre property, located approximately two miles north of Siloam Springs. Originally acquired in 1944, the property remained in its natural state until 2009, when a pump house was installed. Funding for the improvements will come from previously Board 2016 and 2017 approved monies, Transportations Alternative Program (TAP) grant from the Arkansas Highway Transportation Department and private funding sources. Additional grants have been applied for as well. Parts of the intermediate trail will be built by OORC’s trained volunteers.

The total investment for the City of Siloam Springs for Phase 1 construction- both financial and in kind construction contributions-would be a total of $264,500.

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