Located three-fourths of a mile south of City Hall on the Kimberly Clark Parkway, the pastoral 24-acre property will be developed with a walking trail, veterans memorial garden, pavilion and restrooms. It is located across from the Joel Bridges property where there is a lake alongside the road.
“It’s a huge step for the City of Farmington,” said Mayor Dale Fortenberry. “It’s something we’ve been dreaming about for a long time, but the right piece of property never had presented itself, and the funding hadn’t been there. We’re thrilled to death with being able to do it.”
Although the timeline is subject to change, the city hopes to dedicate the park next Memorial Day. Some clearing work began on the property Saturday.
The mayor believes citizens will welcome the walking trail, and the lay of the land will make it a bit different from the typical walking path.
“It’s not going to be flat,” he said. “It’s going to be a little challenging. There are going to be some hills on it.”
With word getting out that the city bought the property, he has heard more positive feedback welcoming the plans for a trail.
The city hopes the park will become a popular site for events such as family reunions and picnics.