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RECREATION STUDIOS ON MAIN STREET

This Thursday afternoon I am giving a special Bobby’s Bike Hike Tour for the 2013 Little Rock Sustainability Summit, so this evening I took a test run of the tour route. Plus, the weather this evening was awesome and I felt a little guilty about sitting around watching TV. I ended up biking down Main street on my way home and was surprised to find a lively storefront on the 600 block of Main. The ReCreation Studios were open tonight after their grand opening earlier this week. I had forgotten reading about it in the Arkansas Times in their Main Street Issue last week but was glad to see a lively new storefront on Main this evening! I picked up a schedule, (ReCreations Class Schedule), and got to speak with one of the owners, Camille Rule. Her and her boyfriend, Danny Kavanaugh run the studio and live in the apartment above. Camille and I had a good talk about Main Street and new projects that were in the works. Hopefully I will have lots more posts about Main Street as things begin to unfold!

Cool New Storefront

Cool New Storefront

Hula Hoop Practice

Hula Hoop Practice

The old sign. Wonder if it still lights up???

The old sign. Wonder if it still lights up???

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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Little Rock

 

A SUBWAY SUBWAY MAP

I want to do one of these for Little Rock soon. This is a map of all the Subway sandwich shops in Baltimore drawn as a Subway system. Pretty clever.

If Only All Subway Sandwich Shops Were Actual Subway Stations

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If Only All Subway Sandwich Shops Were Actual Subway Stations

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Architecture

 

STUDIO MAIN ANNUAL REPORT

UntitledSo I’m a little behind on writing about this, but I am very proud none the less to present Studio Main’s Annual Report for 2012. We have been open now for a year now this past February and thanks to Heather Davis for putting together such a great document! It seemed to me like we had just done a little here and there until I flipped through our Year Summary and really saw all that Studio Main has accomplished this past year. Follow the link blow to see our report and please stop by during our 2nd Friday Gallery Opening or visit our website at http://studiomainar.tumblr.com/ if you would like to get involved or if you’re just curious to see what we’re up to. Hope to see you soon!

STUDIO MAIN ANNUAL REPORT – CLICK HERE!

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Architecture, Little Rock

 

LITTLE ROCK WARD MEETINGS FOR STREET IMPROVEMENTS

We need your help! Meetings to gather public input on street and drainage improvements will be held in all seven wards of Little Rock throughout April, City Manager Bruce Moore said Friday.

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Crosswalk

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Bike Lane

The city said in a statement that the meetings would allow residents to ask questions. Displays and other information about the planned improvements will be available at the meetings, the city said. Please attend and let the city know you want to see more biking and walking amenities in our streets! (ie. crosswalks, sidewalks, crosswalk signals, bike lanes and bike boxes)

The meetings for the seven wards of Little Rock are scheduled as follows:

• Ward 1— 6:00 p.m. April 11 at Dunbar Community Center, 1001 W. 16th St.

• Ward 2 — 6:00 p.m. April 3 at Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center Auditorium, 3805 W. 12th St.

• Ward 3 — 6:30 p.m. April 23 at St. Paul United Methodist Church sanctuary, 2223 Durwood Road.

• Ward 4 — 6:00 p.m. April 1 at St. James United Methodist, Room 109, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive.

• Ward 5 — 6:00 p.m. April 8 in Highland Valley United Methodist Church at 15524 Chenal Parkway.

• Ward 6 — 6:00 p.m. April 10 at Northwest Police Sub-Station 10001 Kanis Road.

• Ward 7 — 6:00 p.m. April 4 at Henderson United Methodist Church Sanctuary at 1300 W. Base Line Road.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Little Rock

 

THE LRRT IS HERE!

Early Construction in West Little Rock

Early Construction in West Little Rock

So if you didn’t hear the big news last night, The Greater Little Rock Public Transit Commission announced that they are beginning construction on the LRRT, Little Rock Rapid Transit this April! The Line will stretch from West Little Rock all the way to downtown and out to the airport! Site prep has already begun in west Little Rock near the new Big Rock Interchange and Eva Ghatchya with the GLRPTC said in an interview, “Riders can expect service on the first phase to begin exactly 1 year from now”. More info to follow!

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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in Little Rock

 

MACARTHUR PARK UNLEASHED!

MacArthur Park has gone to the dogs today!

Dog Park FlyerIf you haven’t already heard about the new dog park that the folks in MacArthur Park have been working on, this afternoon was the grand opening and despite the rainy weather, there was a great turnout from both with two legged and four legged downtown residents.

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Dedication of the new dog park

Dedication of the new dog park

The Mayor and the City Manager were both on hand along with Sharon Priest and a few other community leaders for the grand opening and after a few speeches and thank you’s the gates were opened and the dogs were let free.

Instead of cutting the ribbon...

Instead of cutting the ribbon…

...they unleashed the leashes

…they unleashed the leashes

This is Little Rock’s 2nd Dog Park. The first one is in Murray Park, and while it’s a little bigger in size, the new one at MacArthur Park had a lot of more input and help from locals in the MacArthur Park and surrounding neighborhoods. We took Beckett over to the small dog park which was much better than the small dog park at Murray. The design included boulders and little berms for the dogs to jump on and off, a larger area for the dogs to run and even old donated fire hydrants from Central Arkansas Water, that local artists painted.

The new dog park

The new dog park

Beckett loved it! She ran circles around the fence, leaping off the boulders, though after a while the rain started to slow her down a bit.

Beckett and some new friends at one of the painted fire hydrants in the small dog park.

Beckett and some new friends at one of the painted fire hydrants in the small dog park.

We went over to the big dog park as well to take a look around. The bigger park had a splash pad for the dogs to play in and plenty of room to run!

The big dog park

The big dog park

The splash-pad in the big dog park

The splash-pad in the big dog park

Great turnout for the opening.

Great turnout for the opening.

The UALR Law school was a great backdrop for the park.

The UALR Law school is a nice backdrop for the park.

The park is also looking for “Pack Leaders”, volunteers to help keep the park clean and help out at special events like “Paws n Claws” Crawfish boil fundraiser on April 6th at 2 p.m. and “Puppy Hour” (I’m assuming a play on Happy Hour?) Future fundraising events are planned to add other amenities to the park like a a solar shade structure, public art, a solar powered emergency call box, WiFi internet access, more LED lighting and seating for the public. Part of the funds for the Park came from the recent sales tax increase but a large part of it came from private donations where people could buy a brick with their name on it for $100 that are part of the parks walkways.

Some of the painted fire hydrants

Some of the painted fire hydrants

We’ll be back to the park soon, hopefully on a little dryer day.

This new park is just another accomplishment in a long list of projects in downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods that have been going on and MacArthur Park has probably been one of the best examples of change downtown.

MacArthur Park

Some of MacArthur parks new image

Some of MacArthur park’s new image

As Little Rock’s oldest park, MacArthur Park has seen it’s up and downs through the years, but thanks to the MacArthur Park Group that started meeting every Friday morning in 2006, the park has seen new life and is regaining it distinct character. The front lawn was redesigned a few years back and just recently, the new LID McMath and Pulaski County Way streets were finished along with new signage in the park, new events like the MacArthur Park 5K and the historic neighborhoods walking tour and a passionate neighborhood following that have supported the park’s revival. There are more exciting things to come in the park and in the surrounding neighborhoods, like the Fire House Hostel for travelling youth, New Bike Lanes on South Main, (thanks in part to Pop Up Main Street!) and all sorts of other things you can read about in this week’s Arkansas Times issue on the Main street Revival. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2013 in Little Rock

 

MAIN STREET IN THE ARKANSAS TIMES

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Be sure to pick up a copy of the Arkansas Times issue this week for their special Main Street issue! Its a great read on everything and anything that has happened and will happen on Main st. Its a good time to be downtown!

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Architecture, Little Rock