Railyard Park Comes to Rogers

The new Railyard Park is taking shape in downtown Rogers with attention-grabbing art and outdoor elements designed to engage visitors.

Once complete, the railyard-straddling park east of historic downtown will feature the Water Stop splash pad, a children’s Play Yard and public art installations by Fayetteville artist Octavio Logo, French street artist Mantra and London-based Lakwena.

This new urban park, formerly Frisco Park, will serve as a gateway to key Rogers amenities such as residential neighborhoods, restaurants, the Railyard Bike Park, the Rogers Historical Museum and Lake Atalanta.

Highly visible design elements give nod to the site’s rail heritage in a number of way, including a large yellow gantry crane (a staple of active rail yards) at the Play Yard and the modernized rail-water station towers at the Water Stop.

Frisco Plaza, a versatile and low-key social space, will be lined with trees and shading structures, as well as wheeled picnic benches that can be moved around the site.

Butterfield Stage, a sprawling pavilion for large gatherings and live events, will have an old industrial building on site to serve as the backstage and concession area.

Railyard Park is funded by a Walton Family Foundation Design Excellence Grant. It’s set to open in summer 2021.

Photo captions (top): Public art installations by Octavio Logo, Mantra and Lakwena; (bottom, from left) Play Yard rendering, Water Stop rendering

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