Fort Smith directors approve Parks Department’s five-year capital improvement plan

Gilbert Garcia, a worker with ACS Playground Adventures, applies poured-in-place rubber surfacing on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at John Bell, Jr. Park in Fort Smith. The inclusive playground is currently under construction at the 51-acre park, named after Bell, a local artist and advocate for people with disabilities. Visit for today's photo gallery. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Hank Layton)

FORT SMITH -- After weeks of discussion and revisions, the city directors approved the Parks Department's Capital Improvement Plan for 2024-2028.

Sara Deuster, interim director of Parks and Recreation, said in a memo to City Administrator Carl Geffken for a directors meeting last month the department's Capital Improvement Plan for 2024...