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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Median Upgrades Improve Entry to Neighborhood

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Meg Matthews
Public Relations Manager
(501) 804-4822

Press Release
(Little Rock - May 5, 2011)

A long ignored median at Fair Park Blvd and 12th Street has received a facelift and will now be an important reflection of the revitalization that is ongoing in this area of Little Rock. Today, May 5th at 10:00 a.m. a new sign that has been placed on the median was unveiled. This was the culmination of months of planning and hard work.

The Fair Park Residents Association teamed up with the Little Rock Parks Department, UALR, Keep Little Rock Beautiful and Methodist Family Health to landscape the median island with groundcover and install the new sign that will greet drivers and pedestrians as they enter this neighborhood.

“This is all a part of a greater effort to build a stronger, vibrant and more connected neighborhood in this part of our community,” said Fair Park Residents Association’s President Joe Busby. “Working with the City of Little Rock is a prime example of the value and impact of volunteer engagement, community building and organizing – particularly during tough economic times.”

The 12th Street Corridor has a Master Plan in place for its renewal, which includes a new LRPD Sub Station that will be a part of a mixed use facility.

“New sidewalks and traffic flow patterns are a part of the vision for the future of this area,” said Ward 2 City Director Ken Richardson. “We’re excited that the Fair Park Neighborhood Association is partnering with the City of Little Rock to continue to generate an upward swing for 12th Street.”

“We have been focusing on improving medians for years now,” said Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola. “In 2009 we partnered with Heifer International to improve the median at Cumberland Avenue. I would like to thank Keep Little Rock Beautiful for working with all of our City departments to implement this vision and making it a success.”

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