The town of Eureka Springs was founded on the healing benefits of its cold spring waters.
Eureka Springs is an experience that can best be appreciated on a leisurely walk around town. The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission invites you to explore our city and its charming neighborhoods on a walking tour of our many parks and spring gardens.
The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission has jurisdiction and maintains over 1800 acres with 19 pocket springs and parks in Eureka Springs out of the 121 noted springs and seeps located in the area. The town of Eureka Springs was founded on the healing benefits of its spring waters. In the late 1800's, settlers to the area began to believe that the spring waters had healing properties. As people came from all over to "take of the waters", a city was born. On July 4th, 1879, the town was officially named "Eureka" Springs, meaning, "I found it!". Eureka Springs grew to a population of about 20,000 people. Railroads, trolley cars, and horse-drawn carriages carried visitors to over 60 springs around town to cure their ills.
In 1981, the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission was created to maintain the city-owned spring reservations and parks. This group of volunteers began to restore the historic springs. With the addition of the 1600+ acre Lake Leatherwood Park, the municipal park system of this small town is among the largest in the nation.
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