Downtown Parks

Park at West End

Downtown Park

The Park at West End is a pocket park of concentrated vintage charm on the west end of historic Garrison Avenue in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas. An iconic 56-foot Ferris wheel that was built by the Eli Bridge Company. The Ferris wheel is 56 feet tall and holds up to 32 passengers.

The Ferris Wheel offers an unparalleled view of downtown Fort Smith, the Fort Smith National Historic Site, and the Arkansas River. The park’s carousel, built and hand-painted by the Bertazzon Company in Treviso, Italy, brings old-fashioned joy to riders of all ages. A covered arcade provides wholesome entertainment for kids and teenagers.

Hours of Operation

2021 operating schedule coming. Check back soon!

Request a Booking - Private Parties

Reservations may be made April through October

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Fee: $750
Up to 3 hours during regular hours;
each additional hour $250

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Fee: $350
Up to 3 hours before or after regular hours;
each additional hour $100

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Deposit: $50
*Required within 72 hours of booking.

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Capacity: Open

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Restrooms: Yes

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Parking: On-Site

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Alcohol & Tobacco are Prohibited

Request a Booking - Birthday Parties

Reservations may be made April through October

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Fee: $50
Rides for up to 10 patrons for 1 hour

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Deposit: $50
*Required within 72 hours of booking.

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Food/Beverages: Birthday Cake & Ice Cream may be brought in 

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Capacity: Open

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Restrooms: Yes

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Parking: On-Site

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Alcohol & Tobacco are Prohibited

Ross Pendergraft Park

Downtown Park

Hours of Operation

6:00am to 11:00pm, all days of the week

Amentities

What’s at Ross Pendergraft?

$

Pavilion

Request a Booking - Entire Park Rental

Reservations can be made 1 year in advance

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Fee: none

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Deposit: none

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Capacity: 2500

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Restrooms: No

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Parking: On-Site

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Alcohol & Tobacco are Prohibited

Cisterna Park

Downtown Park

Hours of Operation

6:00am to 11:00pm, all days of the week

Amenities

What’s at Cisterna?

$

Flag Poles

$

Benches

Park Facts

Named after Cisterna, Italy (Fort Smith’s sister city)

Compass Park

Downtown Park

Hours of Operation

Dusk to Dawn, all days of the week

Amenities

What’s at Compass Park?

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Splash Pad

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Picnic Tables

$

Benches

Hope Park

Downtown Park

Hours of Operation

6:00am to 11:00pm, all days of the week

Amenities

What’s at Hope Park?

$

Coming soon

Fondren Park

Downtown Park – property not yet developed

Hours of Operation

6:00am to 11:00pm, all days of the week

Amenities

What’s at Fondren Park?

$

Coming soon

Riverfront Parks

Fort Smith Park

Riverfront Park

Fort Smith Park is bordered by the Arkansas River on the North and Riverfront Drive to the South. Large open spaces are available for various recreational activities.

Hours of Operation

6:00am to 11:00pm, all days of the week

Amentities

What’s at Fort Smith Park?

$

Soccer Field

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Basketball Court

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Boat Ramp

$

Pavilions

$

Picnic Sites

$

Bathrooms

$

A Small-Fenced Dog Park

Request a Booking - Entire Park Rental

Reservations required for large events

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Fee: $500 / day

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Deposit: $500
*Required within 72 hours of booking.

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Capacity: Open

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Restrooms: Yes

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Parking: On-Site

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Alcohol: Yes (by city ordinance)

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Tobacco: No

Harry E. Kelley Park

Riverfront Park

Harry E. Kelley Park is located beneath the Arkansas River Bridge. This park is adjacent to the River Park Complex.

Hours of Operation

Dusk to Dawn, all days of the week

Amenities

What’s at Harry E. Kelley?

$

Picnic Sites

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Benches

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Amphitheater

$

Bathrooms

Request a Booking - Stage & Grounds

Reservations can be made 1 year in advance

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Fee: none

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Deposit: $200
*Required within 72 hours of booking.

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Capacity: 35′ x 40′ (stage) / 5000 (grounds)

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Restrooms: No

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Parking: Limited On-Site

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Alcohol: Yes (by City Ordinance)

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Smoking: No

Request a Booking - Amphitheater, Events Building & Harry E. Kelley

Reservations can be made 1 year in advance

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Fee: $1300 for full day

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Deposit: $500
*Required within 72 hours of booking.

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Capacity: 9572

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Restrooms: Yes

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Parking: On-Site & Public Street

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Alcohol: Yes (by City Ordinance)

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Smoking: Outside

Riverfront Ampitheater

Riverfront Park

Located next to the Arkansas River, adjacent to the River Park Events Building and one block west of the Riverfront Pavilion, this facility represents one-third of the River Park Complex. The rising, terraced walkways frame seating for 1128 persons. Additional seating is available on the hillsides in this masterpiece of Fort Smith culture!

Hours of Operation

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. all days of the week

Extended hours are available from 10pm-midnight Monday through Saturday for additional fees. Additional deposit is also required for rentals after 10pm.

This facility is closed on holidays.

Request a Booking - Amphitheater Only

Reservations can be made 1 year in advance

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Fee: $200 / day

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Deposit: $200
*Required within 72 hours of event

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Capacity: 1128

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Restrooms: Adjacent

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Parking: Limited On-Site

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Alcohol: Yes (by City Ordinance)

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Smoking: Outside

Request a Booking - Amphitheater & River Park Events Building

Reservations required for large events

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Fee: $400 / day

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Deposit: $500
*Required within 72 hours of booking.

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Capacity: 1298

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Restrooms: Yes

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Parking: On-Site & Public Street

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Alcohol: Yes (by city ordinance)

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Tobacco is prohibited

Request a Booking - Pavilion, Amphitheater & River Park Events Building

Reservations required for large events

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Fee: $1000 / Full Day
*Required within 72 hours of booking.

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Deposit: $500 (refundable)
*Required within 72 hours of booking.

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Capacity: 1568

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Restrooms: Yes

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Parking: On-Site & Public Street

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Alcohol: Yes (by city ordinance)

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Tobacco is prohibited

Riverfront Skate and Bike Park

Riverfront Park

Hours of Operation

6:00am to 11:00pm, all days of the week

Amenities

What’s at the Riverfront Bike and Skate Park?

$

Skate Park

$

 Picnic Area

$

Small Playground

Riverfront Drive Sports Fields (51 acres)

Riverfront Park

Hours of Operation

6:00am to 11:00pm, all days of the week

Amenities

What’s at the Riverfront Drive Sports Fields?

$

Soccer Fields

$

Parking

$

Inclusive Playground (under design)

Rules and Regulations

Providing safe & enjoyable recreation for all.
Fort Smith Parks & Recreation exists to provide engaging experiences to the community through its parks, trails, and community events. In order to keep these areas safe and enjoyable, all parks follow the same rules and regulations.