Most of us know at least one person that has purchased or inherited some amazing old house, decided that he (or she) could restore it back to it’s glory days, found out that it was going to be far more complicated than first expected and when life got in the way the house began to really crumble. This is the perfect analogy for so many Arkansas towns.
Springdale Arkansas felt like it might be headed in that direction for a long minute. The strongest illustration, perhaps, being the downtown area. The streets were in need of repairs, the buildings were quickly becoming dated and eventually empty and there was very little pull for any tourism at all.
But then, like little seeds being planted outsiders started to hear about things happening in downtown Springdale. Free outdoor movies, breweries opening, street events and open air markets. Then, all of the sudden, it’s like Brooklyn to New Yorker’s they said they’d never go there but now they feel like they HAVE to! Well, we went… and it was amazing.
We started our journey looking for the newest addition to the downtown area, the Walter Trumbo Park. We parked by the Ozark Green Way and walked across Emma stopping to take a few photos along the way.
I love the fact that they dressed up an abandoned building that I believe occupied an entire block by painting these lovely murals and maps of the green way (photos of the maps didn’t turn out very clear).
Trumbo park was very charming. There were two ladies that looked like well placed models sitting enjoying a coffee and conversation and some very cute kids riding bikes. I really wanted to kick off my shoes and walk down the stairs right into the water but I had to save that for another day. The Phat Tire Shop and Core Public House were perfectly placed for some very enjoyable afternoons in my future.
A little way down Emma Ave. and it felt like we were in another city or country even. Which is one of my favorite parts of Springdale. There is so much diversity, so many artistic free thinkers, so many craftsmen and so many people that love their town that they are taking the old and turning it into something that people will be talking about for a very long time.