The Parks and Recreation Commission
acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors of the City of Fort Smith
and Director of Community Services in the promotion, planning, maintenance, development
and operation of all recreation areas and facilities owned, controlled or leased
by the City.
The members of the Parks and Recreation Commission shall be qualified electors of
the City. Members are appointed by the Board of Directors for five-year terms. The
commission meets at 11:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Creekmore
Fort Smith Parks and Recreation Advisory Council Definitions
Park Partners: nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation that seeks to fund, promote, and
enhance parks, recreation and open space in neighborhoods throughout the City of
Fort Smith and the surrounding area.
Greenways & Trails: serves to research, design, and promote the establishment of
a comprehensive system of linear park areas within the city to be known as greenways
Public/Private Partnerships: works towards establishing joint acquisition, development,
and programming with regional agencies, schools, developers, land owners, businesses,
corporations, churches, and other public agencies for interlocal agreements.
Recreation Events & Programs/Special Projects: serves to improve and expand recreational
opportunities. i.e. After School, Recreation Center Programs, Senior Programs, Seasonal
Programs, Athletics, Outdoor Recreation, and Special Events. Offer a variety of
programs designed to meet the needs of the entire community, from toddlers to seniors,
from opportunities for fellowship to events promoting fitness, provide programs
that meet the needs of our citizens.
Land Acquisition/Open Space: serve and support with respect to acquisition and development
of open space identification of potential sites or land parcels which should be
reserved for open space or greenway purposes, and recommending methods of obtaining
such parcels. Assist in the development and monitoring of the overall process for
evaluation and recommendation of sites for acquisition.
Capital Improvements: advisory role for the expenditure of tax and grant monies
to be used for renovating and building park and recreation facilities. These facilities
include parks, recreation centers, park amenities and more. Assist in the monitoring
of funding sources, including Capital Funds, as well as grants; assist in the monitoring
and review of the development process and schedule for improvements to sites.
Special Facilities: serves as a sounding board by holding public meetings and exercising
influence throughout the City to improve and expand special faciliy opportunities.
Advisory role that seeks to develop, promote, and enhance special facilities in
the park system which includes aquatics, train, tennis center, skatepark, historic
battlefields, them park, riverpark, zoo, etc...
Strategic Planning and Long Range Finance: provide strategic plans and priorities
for parks and facilities that protect park resources and provide for appropriate
public use and enjoyment of parklands and facilities for future generations; participate
in city and regional planning activities that affect parks, recreation, natural