Downtown Springdale

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The Downtown Springdale Outdoor Dining District opens to the public today. The city council approved an ordinance establishing the new entertainment district by a vote of 5-3 at last night’s meeting. The approved ordinance permits alcoholic beverages to be carried outside of participating businesses and be consumed within the downtown district between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily so long as the beverage is contained in a designated cup.

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One of Springdale's best known public servants died Monday. Walter Turnbow was 95. A champion of education and economic development, Turnbow left his mark on the Springdale School District, the city's water utility and the regional Beaver Water District.

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In 2016, the city of Springdale joined a nationwide monarch butterfly habitat cultivation initiative. Since then, the Shiloh Museum and a group called Springdale for Monarchs have been partnering with local schools to create a milkweed flyway for the migrating butterflies along the Razorback Greenway.

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Tyson Foods unveiled its Manufacturing Automation Center in downtown Springdale last week. The state-of-the-art facility is designed to help the company develop more automation and robotics for its food processing plants.

The Springdale Chamber of Commerce has launched a new smartphone app to give visitors and residents one place for information about everything that's happening in the city. The app called Explore Springdale includes information about hotels and restaurants, as well as recreational and entertainment options. It also has a comprehensive calendar of events.

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Arkansas' only cidery is growing. Black Apple Crossing in Springdale will start distributing its cider at more than 30 bars and restaurants in Little Rock and North Little Rock starting next month. 

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Construction of a new criminal justice complex and renovations to city hall are underway in Springdale. The project, which is expected to take two years, will provide much-needed space for city services and increase efficiency for residents.

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City leaders and several business groups unveiled their plans for downtown Springdale at last week's Invest Springdale Summit. They include a mixed-use development anchored by a Ropeswing Hospitality Group concept, dozens of new apartment units, a design for Luther George Park and a new movie production company.

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Jill Dabbs stepped into the role of executive director for the Downtown Springdale Alliance in the past few weeks. She was formerly the mayor of Bryant, Ark., and before that, she was a small business owner. We speak with Dabbs to learn about her experience and what she hopes to bring to downtown Springdale.

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The four-day Ozarktoberfest will feature music, food, drink and even fire. We get a preview of this weekend's festivities from Kelly Syer, executive director of the Downtown Springdale Alliance.

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