Outdoor recreation

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The Quiver, a new state-of-the-art archery range, opened to the public last week at Osage Park in Bentonville. The 20-lane facility offers up to 70 meters of shooting space with trained instructors and rental equipment available for novice and experienced archers. 

Americans spend billions annually on outdoor recreation. A new program at the University of Arkansas will provide a multi-pronged boost to outdoor entreprenuers.

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Last week nonprofit Pedal It Forward and the University of Arkasnas Office of Sustainabilty gifted bicycles to 20 international students as part of Cycle September. This Audio postcard captures soounds from the event on the campus in Fayetteville. 

Courtesy / Pack Rat Outdoor Center

The outdoor recreation industry saw a boom in interest as more people looked for safe activites to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now stores and service providers are preparing to meet more demand in 2021.

Courtesy / Arkansas State Parks

Following a record year as more people jumped at the chance to spend time outdoors during the pandemic, Arkansas State Parks is cutting back hours and operations at its visitor centers, museums, restaurants and two marinas in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases. 

Courtesy / WOKA

A new 30-acre whitewater park is coming to the Arkansas-Oklahoma border just south of Siloam Springs. The WOKA Whitewater Park will be constructed on the Illinois River at the site of the old Lake Frances spillway in Oklahoma. It will include a 1,200-foot long, 100-foot wide side channel with eight drop-features to create wave actions for kayakers, surfers and tubers of all skill levels.

Courtesy / Walton Family Foundation

A recent report commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation indicates more people are biking, running and walking on Northwest Arkansas's trails, especially on the Razorback Regional Greenway, which stretches through Benton and Washington Counties.

Every Kid Outdoors enables fourth grade students, their families, friends and classmates to receive free admission to federal public lands and recreational sites for a year. The program was created by Congress in 2019.

New Group Brings Together NWA Outdoor Enthusiasts

Aug 6, 2019

Mappy Hour is a community of urban-dwelling outdoor enthusiasts. The organization started in New York City in 2014 and today has chapters across North America including a new one in Northwest Arkansas, which will have its next meeting Aug. 8 at The Record.

The Buffalo River Foundation has a chance to buy a tract of land that would connect two parts of the Buffalo River Trail.

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