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Located in the center of Arkansas' business and cultural center, North Little Rock offers the most diverse recreation and entertainment venues in the state. Thanks to mild seasonal temperatures, you'll enjoy year-round outdoor activities at places like Burns Park, one of the nations largest municipal parks, with close to 1,600 acres of lighted ball fields, hiking trails, fishing, and a 36-hole championship golf course. Recreational Opportunities abound at North Little Rock's Burns Park as well as Sports Activities along with a unique Urban Equestrian Trail, Scenic River Trail, Emerald Park Mountain Bike, and Multi Use Trails.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by jeff
Area Closed SignARKANSAS RIVER TRAIL CLOSURE at Burns Park - The Shilcutt Bayou Bridge construction area in Burns Park will be closed Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from early morning until mid- to late- afternoon.  This is to allow paving between the current trail and the new bridge.  Once the trail reopens in the afternoon, bicycle and pedestrian traffic will be redirected to the new bridge.  The current wooden bridge will then be closed to all traffic and they will continue work to complete the overall project.
Swim Lessons!
Posted on Jun 20, 2014 by Mitchell
This summer North Little Rock Parks and Recreation will be having 3 swim lesson sessions: Session 1- June 24th through the 3rd of July. Tuesday through Saturday(to allow for the 4th of July) Session 2- July 8th through the 18th, Tuesday through Friday Session 3- July 22nd through the 1st of August, Tuesday through Friday These sessions will be held at North Heights Pool at 2801 Allen Street. Course cost is $35 per child ($30 for any additional child in a family) per session. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact Mitchell Jensen, Aquatics Supervisor at
Summer Food Service Program Offered throughout NLR
Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by tina
The North Little Rock Parks and Recreation announces sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to eligible children free of charge. All children 18 & under are eligible for a free meal.
Arkansas River Trail Closure on June 17th
Posted on Jun 14, 2014 by jeff
Arkansas River TRAIL Shilcutt Bayou BRIDGE Update: Additional drainage pipe will be installed next week. This will CLOSE the construction area MOST OF THE DAY on TUESDAY, June 17, 2014. Please use an alternate route on this day. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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Pavilion and Hospitality House Reservations
Posted on Jan 02, 2014 by jeff
Look at your events calendar and start making your reservations for the Burns Park pavilions and Hospitality House, and the Idlewild Park Club House.  Call 501-791-8537 to make your reservations.

A map of the pavilion locations can be found here.
Arkansas River Trail Website
Posted on Jan 09, 2013 by jeff
The new website for the ARKANSAS RIVER TRAIL features trail news, activities, information on points of interest, a plan your trip section, interactive maps, user info, and events. It will serve as a comprehensive resource for residents as well as visitors who are traveling on the Arkansas River Trail.

NLR Trail Updates
Posted on Dec 13, 2012 by jeff
For the most recent updates regarding trail work in North Little Rock visit:
Check Back for the September Parks and Recreation Commission Agenda
Posted on Oct 12, 2012 by Jan

Check Back for the September Parks and Recreation Commission Agenda

Explore the North Trails
Posted on Mar 20, 2012 by jeff

Come and Explore the North Trails.

Whether you choose to Walk, Run, Bike, Skate, Horseback Ride, or just Stroll through the numerous trails in North Little Rock, you will be able to check out various wildlife, plants and scenic views along the way.  These trails offer many opportunities to view wildlife such as birds, deer,  squirrels, rabbits, butterflies, fish, and even snakes.  A wide variety of native plants and wildflowers are also abundant along the trails.  Scenic views can be observed from Emerald Park atop the river bluffs, the Big Dam Bridge, and almost anywhere along the trails.

Pick up a map today at any one of our community centers, city hall, or visitor center.  You can even download a copy or view an online map here.

Invest in North Little Rock
Posted on Jan 22, 2009 by tina
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Mission Statement

We are dedicated to inspire and enhance our public by providing affordable, safe, and diverse recreational opportunities. We are committed to build a strong healthy community by offering a variety of exceptional programs, parks and facilities. We strive to preserve our unique park legacy and environment for future generations. (March 2014)

North Little Rock Parks and Recreation
2700 Willow Street North Little Rock, AR 72114
501-791-8538 Fax: 501-791-8528 Email: parksandrec @