From the adventure seeker to the inquisitive nature observer to the imaginative explorer, Gateway Park is Bentonville’s new destination for play. The park’s grounds include formal play areas like a 1-acre nature playground at The Central Yard and a smaller slide/scramble course at The Porch. Elsewhere, informal play opportunities include the Elk River watershed filtration gardens at the East Park and a second reconstructed water course that runs through the shallow ravine separating the Park Core from the West Park.
In addition, throughout the 100+ acres of Gateway Park are bike-based play opportunities connected to the park’s extensive trail system. This bike network is geared towards beginner mountain bikers and includes features like the 0.6-mile East Park Cycle Ring and a destination strider course at The Porch.
No matter a visitor’s age, interest or ability, Gateway Park affords numerous opportunities for play and recreation.
Gateway Park’s central playground offers activities and play opportunities for kids of all ages. The venue will primarily be nature-based, with play equipment utilizing a restrained palette of materials. Sited directly adjacent to the plaza and pavilion at The Central Yard, the playground offers ample seating, bathrooms and refreshment options close at hand.
Gateway Park’s diverse natural landscapes—from fields and meadows, to woodland canopies, to rolling hillsides—provide park visitors innumerable opportunities for informal play, exploration, and learning. For example, stream restorations not only improve water quality but will also offer opportunities for creative and science-based nature play.
Discrete, structured park activities are nested within the more expansive natural landscapes of Gateway Park. Connected by an extensive network of paved and unpaved trails—for both pedestrian and bikes—exploration of the 100-acre park grounds is a new adventure waiting to happen every day.