by: Angela Danovi
One of my favorite places to be outside in Benton County is at Lake Atalanta Park. The park re-opened about a year and a half ago with a paved walking trail around the lake, new soft trails, and a playground for kids with a tree house, in addition to a network of water features for improving water quality. I started regularly walking at Lake Atalanta Park in early 2017. There is a long boardwalk over the water, and, with the paved trail extending a little over 1.5 miles, I can get in an enjoyable walk outdoors near the water in a safe location.
Over the last year I have found many people in our community use the park and the lake for recreation. On the weekends, I often see many families out fishing together. Recently, I saw a little girl proudly sporting her brand new pink fishing pole as she was walking with her parents and older brother to find the perfect fishing spot around the lake. I also see families out using the trails, picnicking, and using the open grassy field for throwing footballs or playing soccer.
It’s wonderful that so many people are using and enjoying Lake Atalanta Park. But, to really appreciate the park, we need to clean it up and help keep it clean for the future. Often, on Sunday afternoon and Monday mornings, I will find trash along the trails, pet waste left on the walkway, trash along the edge of the lake and even a ball or two out in the lake. It’s time to give Lake Atalanta Park some love and care. This year, over Earth Day Weekend, we will be hosting the first Lake Atalanta Appreciation Day! We need your help!
Lake Atalanta Appreciation Day
Saturday, April 21 from 9am-11am
Check in at Clark Pavilion
located at 500 E Walnut St, Rogers, AR 72758
There, you will receive gloves, trash bags, and trash grabbers. You can help us clean up around the paved trail, on the soft trails, along the creek both upstream and downstream of Lake Atalanta, among other places.
Parking near Lake Atalanta will be first come, first serve on the day of the event. So, you are encouraged to arrive early. Also, parking will be available at “The Rail Yard,” The Rail Yard is accessible via paved trail approximately 9/10 of a mile long connecting to Clark Pavilion. We hope you will join us for this fun and exciting day! You can join our facebook event to keep up with latest news on this event.
For questions or if you need more information, please contact Angela Danovi at 479-295-7717.