Harmon Park is located at 532 Spring Street, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Harmon Park is home for the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission main office which is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The park has 6.45 acres and contains a playground, skatepark, restrooms, Dog Park and recently constructed Opera of the Ozarks platform for performances.
It was in 1924, that the Harmon Foundation presented a certified check to the Mayor, Claude A. Fuller in the amount of $500 toward the purchase price of land that had recently been acquired by the City of Eureka Springs for a park known on the official city map as "Interstate Summer Normal and Educational Assembly Grounds", in order to clear the title of encumbrances.
In 2004, the Harmon Foundation presented a charitable grant donation of $5000 and again in 2005, in the amount of $4000 totaling $9000,to the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, as a contribution to the community's effort in providing the youth with a skate park, ADA accessible playground, restrooms, and a future spray park.
Harmon Park Skatepark was completed in 2004 by Dreamland Skateparks of Lincoln City, Oregon.
In 1999 the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission started the process to address a permanent and quality skatepark. The Community Development Partnership of Western Carroll County (CDP) conducted a survey in 2001 that overwhelmingly supported a new skatepark. Parks held a Public Hearing attended by children and parents that supported that conclusion.
On a temporary basis the City of Eureka Springs donated the use of the City Auditorium in the Spring of 2001. The skaters and adult volunteers built several ramps in approximately 3,000 square feet of space. This was accomplished with a $7500 donation from Parks and materials donated by local lumber companies.
Another committee was formed and studied 8-10 possible locations of which only two seemed suitable for a skatepark. Both sites identified met most of the survey criteria but both sites had neighborhood opposition. In June of 2003 the City of Eureka Springs received a large grant to remodel the City Auditorium and the skaters were asked to relocate.
In November 2003 the Parks Commission decided to relocate the skatepark in Harmon Park. A new committee was formed comprised of a local newspaper publisher, a contractor, a parks commissioner, two skateboarders and a member of the Writers Colony which is the largest neighbor of the park. To help eliminate noise complaints the skatepark was located in another section of the park and concrete was chosen as the building material. The decision was made to hire a professional organization with a completion date of June 1st.
The latest committee produced extraordinary results in a short period of time. The City Council committed $25,000, which was a significant portion of their capital budget. Our state representatives worked diligently to try and find state funding. The skatepark committee spearheaded a fundraising drive in partnership with the Community Development Partnership, the city, civic organizations and the police department. It is fair to say the entire community has watched this problem exist for the last 12 years and finally decided to act decisively and build a quality skatepark for our children.
Above Berryville Schools Kids enjoying the merry-go-round at Harmon Park.
The opening ribbon cutting ceremony for Arvest Opera in the Ozarks performance stage at Harmon Park.