Jones Center launches 2nd survey for redesign

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The Jones Center in Springdale is seeking more than 1,000 survey responses from Northwest Arkansas residents for an estimated $25 million project to redesign the more than 25-year-old community center.

The project includes the redesign of the 52-acre campus and the 220,000-square-foot center and to improve connectivity to Luther George Park and downtown Springdale. In late 2020, The Jones Trust received a $656,650 grant from the Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program of the Walton Family Foundation. The money will pay for the design work.

Recently, The Jones Center announced the Phase 2 Community Engagement Survey to seek more input on the project. The redesign of the center’s outdoor spaces is expected to “transform the grounds into a regional destination,” according to a news release. “Plans include park-like green spaces, inviting bike paths, public art installations, infrastructure improvements and enhanced recreational amenities to serve diverse populations in an accessible and welcoming environment.” The project is also expected to better connect the center to the Razorback Regional Greenway.

Denver-based landscape architect Civitas Inc. is the designer and has hosted events to receive feedback on the project.

“We want everyone’s input,” said Scott Jordan, principal and lead designer for Civitas. “By taking the Phase 2 Survey online, you can tell us what you want The Jones Campus to be and what your thoughts are about the design alternatives that we have created to date. The community’s input is key in developing spaces to celebrate local cultures, participate in special events and engage in various types of recreation and healthy living opportunities.”

The Jones Center received more than 700 responses from the Phase 1 Survey. The new survey is seeking input on programming, cultural diversity, improved campus connection to downtown Springdale and the Razorback Regional Greenway, introducing art and balancing the need of all users and creating a multigenerational campus, the release shows.

Kelly Kemp-McLintock, chief advancement officer for The Jones Center, said more than 850 responses have been received from the surveys so far. A third survey set to start in early April is the last scheduled survey. She hopes to provide by early summer the final schematics and pre-cost construction estimates to the Walton Family Foundation.

More information is available online at this link.