Kessler Mountain Regional Park
Phase One Phase one of the Kessler Mountain Regional Park, located at 2600 W. Judge Cummings Road, was completed in 2016. The first phase of construction includes six lighted soccer fields, four lighted baseball fields, two restroom/concession buildings, about 400 parking spaces, and other associated infrastructure including an entry road, water, electric, sewer lines, and a temporary trailhead access to the Kessler Mountain trails.
Future phases could include four additional baseball fields, four softball fields, a new trailhead with restrooms and pavilion, basketball courts, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a large pavilion, additional trails, and a playground.
Planning for the Kessler Mountain Regional Park has been underway since 2000. Through an exhaustive site selection process, this location was chosen and approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in 2003. The plan went through several development strategies, but in 2010 approximately 200 acres was generously donated by Chambers Bank for construction of the park.
Kessler Mountain Trails Addition
Since the opening of the park, and combined with overwhelming support of the public, an additional 350 acres of pristine Ozark forest adjacent to the park on Kessler Mountain was acquired. This terrain, combined with the Regional Park, includes vast open meadows, steep rolling hillsides, beautiful bluffs, and mature native forests filled with typical Ozark species including oaks, hickories, dogwoods and redbuds. Two intermittent streams flow through this property providing an invaluable supply of water for the wildlife residing on the site. This land is now preserved and will serve as a beautiful backdrop for Kessler Mountain Regional Park, as well as provide a natural playground and learning environment for our native flora and fauna.
The City is currently in the process of developing the Kessler Mountain Trails on this property, which will include a new 3.5-mile shared use, natural surface trail that will be open to foot and mountain bicycle traffic, as well as improvements to existing trails.
At full build out, the Kessler Mountain Regional Park will be the largest multi-purpose park in the City of Fayetteville, will serve tens of thousands of citizens each year, and will generate significant revenue for the city through hosting tournaments and special events.