WWW.CITISCAPES.COM | 57 Visit www.discoversiloamsprings.com for more information. a large natural lake surrounded by Ozark forest and grassland, offers its own adventuring opportunities. Hikers and mountain bikers alike already enjoy more than five miles of well-drained soft-surface trails meandering through the woods on the north side of the lake. This month will see the opening on the south side of an asphalt pump-track bike park with wood features with progressive courses where cyclists, skateboarders and rollerbladers can work up their technical skills, a boon to Northwest Arkansas’ extended community of mountain bikers. A .75-mile walking path encircles the large grassland area that also holds a new disc-golf course. Connecting the two areas is a newly built, 505-foot boardwalk through a natural wetland that feels like an honest- to-goodness sacred space. Pausing at overlooks on Flint Creek, naturalists will enjoy the silence and sunlight filtering down through a grove that has flourished with serious preservation efforts and a push to make City Lake an all-around conservation classroom. Birdwatchers already enjoy a waterfront bird blind, an effort of John Brown University construction management students. Again, everything’s free, and don’t forget: City Lake itself is another spot for water- lovers to swim, boat and fish. There’s another changing station and ample parking to make it that much easier. A NIGHT ON THE TOWN If you’ve still got some energy left after a day spent adventuring, the newly constructed Memorial Park is the perfect place to enjoy a little family-friendly nightlife. Situated in the heart of Siloam’s thriving downtown, a brand new amphitheater, seating 3,500 to 5,000, and music pavilion will house exciting free community events throughout the summer, including a live concert series. You can go out for dinner, stroll past the springs on Sager Creek and up to Memorial Park for some entertainment. Or, for fresh vegetables. Memorial Park will be the new home of the Siloam Springs Farmers Market, featuring wide stalls along an open walk where growers can set up. The concession stand will double as a demonstration kitchen, right in line with the educational bent of all Siloam’s new spaces. The park sits on a hillside just below the library. A water feature and, of course, the Veterans’ KIA memorial round out the new development and Siloam’s status as an up-and-coming destination for family fun and enrichment. “We want to build something that will be all-inclusive,” says Boles. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a music-loving city-goer, Siloam Springs has something special for you. ■ City Lake Park (Photo by Holly Danielle)