In December of 1980, actions were taken by the Eureka Springs City Council to create a city Commission of Parks and Recreation, charter Title 12, section 4 (Appendices A & B) established under the authority of Arkansas Statutes Section 9-36-6, 3607, 3618, and 3619 (Acts 1947, No. 348;1951, No. 240; 1949 No. 471; and 1979 No. 102) and Ordinance #1820 amended the Commission from five qualified electors of the City to seven members. The mission of the Commission is to ensure that the public park assets of Eureka Springs are managed in ways that maximize their benefits to present generations and do not compromise their sustainability as long-term community assets.
Director: Bruce A. Levine, phone (479) 253-2866
Title chapter 12.08 gives the definition of Park as the following described property:
A. Lake Leatherwood property which was annexed into the City of Eureka Springs by Ordinance No. 1773 Passed, Ordained, and Declared by the City Council f the City of Eureka Springs, Arkansas on the 16th day of December, 1997.
B. Those Spring reservations known by the following names and referred to in the City's Ordinance books:
C. Water Street Park established in 1980 to be used and enjoyed by the public as a public recreational park.
D. Those footpaths, walkways and other public lands which are part of or adjacent to vacated streets or alleys within the city and referred to in the city's records.
E. All unopened streets and alleys within the city as determined by public records.
F. Those properties conveyed to the city from Allen Merrill and Bonnie Merrill by deed recorded in deed record book 140, pages 15 and 16, office of the County Circuit Clerk, referred to in Eureka Springs Ordinance No. 1637.
G. The property known as the Black Bass Lake Property, with the exception that the public works department shall provide maintenance for Black Bass Dam and the water pump stations located on the property. (1978)