Located between Township Street and Old Wire Road, Gulley Park quickly became one of Fayetteville's most utilized parks. This 27-acre park includes several natural features such as trees, Niokaska Creek, open fields, and a pond. There is also a paved and lighted 1.5-mile trail that circles the park.
The land for Gulley Park was purchased from the Fred Gulley family in 1988. In late 2014, the City of Fayetteville expanded Gulley Park with the acquisition of a ten-acre parcel on the park's north side. The acquisition included two houses which were publicly sold through a bidding process. The larger of the homes was purchased by Apple Seeds, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to the inspiration of healthy living through garden-based education. As a stipulation of the offer, Apple Seeds requested a 20-year lease of an adjacent two acres for the establishment of an interpretive teaching farm. Because the mission and ideas of Apple Seeds complemented the objectives of the City to establish public gardens and orchards, provide education regarding fresh food sourcing, and increase public knowledge on farm-to-table food processing, the City agreed to the sale and two-acre lease.
Gulley Park Master Plan
With extensive input from City residents, a Master Plan has been developed for improvements to Gulley Park, including an enhanced lake, a dog park, trail improvements, a performance space, an art garden, enhancement of the existing Niokaska Creek corridor, and tennis courts, as well as careful preservation of natural forest and meadow areas. To learn more about the Gulley Park Master Plan, click here.
Many civic organizations have made contributions to the development of Gulley Park, including the Northside Rotary Club, the Civitan and Downtown Rotary Club, Butterfield Home Extension, Woodland Junior High School, SWEPCO, and NeighborWoods, the volunteer tree-planting project of Friends for Fayetteville.
Gulley Park Concerts
Each Summer, the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department offers a series of free outdoor concerts in Gulley Park featuring family-friendly local and regional talent. Hundreds of residents and visitors of all ages, along with many of their furry friends, come out with their blankets and lawn chairs for these popular evening events. For information about the current concert season, click here.
- 2 Playgrounds
- Multi-use Trail (1.5 miles)
- Open Green Space
- Picnic Areas
- Sand Volleyball