City seeks vendors for leasing 18 acres of War Memorial Park, official says

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The idea of a Top Golf coming to Central Arkansas has been a dream for many for a long time, even Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has said he will do everything in his power to bring one in, but a recent request for bidding from Little Rock suggests it might be here soon.

“I’ve played Rebasmen, here, I played down in Hot Springs, I’ve played all over the place,” said John Cloud who is an avid golfer.

Cloud said he did enjoy War Memorial Golf Course.

“It wasn’t plush, but it was a fun course that had different kinds of holes and stuff and a good area to work on your short game,” said Cloud.

Though the city says the request was not tailored for a specific business. It does say the goal is to provide golf entertainment on this 18-acre portion of War Memorial Park.

It also mentions that vendors shall provide food and beverages. Cloud though thinks it would be a good idea.

“I think it’s great, think it’d be good for the area and community. Families can go out there, businesses can meet out there,” said Cloud.

The city did have a task force that did look into what to develop the area into and much of it included green space and trails. Cloud still thinks that can be done in the entire area while this swatch of land can be used for golf entertainment.

“But I’m sure they can do other park areas around it and stuff, it’s a pretty big area,” said Cloud.

The City of Little Rock issued a statement reading in part:

“While the R3 Parks Task Force did not recommend a golf entertainment site at War Memorial Park, a golf entertainment site would align with the Task Force’s recommendations. Additionally, the Task Force recommendations to create a multi-purposed park including a regional youth sports complex, trails, and enhanced public green spaces remains a top priority for the Park’s close to 90 acres.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- An official with The City of Little Rock confirms the city is seeking vendors for leasing 18 acres of War Memorial Park.

According to a City of Little Rock Request for Proposals, this is for “vendors who are authorized to do business in the State of Arkansas and who are qualified to delivery golf entertainment for people of all skill and ability levels and ages.”

The 18-acre property is in midtown Little Rock, near the intersection of South University Avenue and West 6th Street, according to the proposal.

According to the proposal, the vendor will be required to build a facility for golf entertainment and provide food and drinks, the proposal states. The building would be at the cost of the vendor.

A response is due Wednesday, July 22, according to the proposal.

Vendors can register online at http://www.littlerock.gov/lrprocure.

To see the 21-page proposal, click here.

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