Veterans Plaza at Pompe Park
Crafton Tull | JCI Construction | Sowell Architects
The City of Conway opened the Veterans Plaza at Pompe Park on Prince Street in June. The plaza features a grass amphitheater, pavilion and seating areas, and the recognition of veterans from each military branch.
In March, the Conway City Council approved funds on phase two of the Pompe Park project that will construct two pedestrian bridges to connect the plaza to the mountain bike trail and pump track at Pompe Park.
The project master plan includes a third pedestrian bridge, north of the plaza and along Tucker Creek Trail and a playground near Morningside Drive, next to the mountain bike trail.
The City of Conway was awarded a $24.6 million federal grant in 2022 that will transform public transportation in the city by connecting several major landmarks and places of interest, including schools, companies, retail areas, and neighborhoods through the Connect Conway greenway trail.
Connect Conway will connect 10 parks, seven schools, three major retail areas, three universities, 14 major employment centers, 16 neighborhoods and other vital community services. It aims to build a safe, equitable, and accessible transportation system through investment in 15 miles of bike and pedestrian infrastructure, providing a viable transportation option for many.
The grant was awarded to the city by the United States Department of Transportation to construct the 15-mile greenway trail. The money comes from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity discretionary grant program.
RAISE Grant funds will be available for obligation through Sept. 30, 2026. Projects funds must be expended by Sept. 30, 2031.
Martin Luther King Jr. Square
There is more to MLK Square in downtown Conway than meets the eye. At first glance, it seems like an ordinary, everyday downtown park with green space, walking and a playground for kids. But MLK Square recognizes a rich history in the area, and provides an important service to businesses in the area, too.
MLK Square honors the history of the Black business district formerly housed on Markham Street, the street where the park is now located. The square pays tribute to the legacy and identity of the community by honoring important figures in Conway’s Black community like William T. Mattison, a Tuskegee Airman.
MLK Square is also the newest site for a sustainable low-impact development park that provides community green space on a reclaimed brownfield site. While the feature won’t alleviate every drainage issue in downtown, it’s a valuable down payment on a new approach to solving flooding in the area, said city engineer Kurt Jones.
This occurs through a treatment train effect where stormwater is slowed, allowed to absorb back into the ground or evaporate, and pollutants and sediment are captured in rain gardens or bioswales. Plants then use phytoremediation to capture pollutants and break them down into less harmful materials.
Conway Community Center
Crafton Tull | Nabholz Construction
Conway voters approved a community center in a February 2022 special election that will see the city add a 133,000-square-foot facility that features an eight-lane, competition pool, a community fitness center, and an outdoor pool area complete with a lazy river, tot pool, and water slides.
The community center will also feature eight volleyball courts, 12 pickleball courts, an indoor track, community lounge, and party rooms.
City of Conway Soccer Complex
Nabholz Construction | H+N Architects
The City of Conway has begun construction on a new soccer complex that will feature 10 fields, splash pad, pavilion, and walking trail. Funding for the project was approved by Conway voters in February 2022 in a special election.
The complex is located on 54 acres to Curtis Walker Park and Theodore Jones Elementary School on Museum Road.