Mayor hopes park improvements boost tourism

Mayor hopes park improvements boost tourism
A dock was added near the RV park and Loburg Park to give better access to swimming. (Source: KAIT)
A dock was added near the RV park and Loburg Park to give better access to swimming. (Source: KAIT)
After hearing from visitors, the city chose to add grills to the RV and camper park. (Source: KAIT)
After hearing from visitors, the city chose to add grills to the RV and camper park. (Source: KAIT)

HARDY, AR (KAIT) - Summertime brings a lot of work in parks around the city of Hardy, which the mayor said is a big focus for him.

"They have to be, we're a tourist town," said Mayor Jason Jackson.

Hardy's tax base depends on people who come to enjoy Spring River spending money in their stores, having a good time, and wanting to come back.

Jackson said amenities that seem like small things can make a big difference.

For instance, at the RV and camper park, the city added grills at all of the camper spots.

"We look a lot at our reviews and stuff on the RV park," Jackson said. "When people get here, a lot of them don't bring their grills. And like I say, it's the little things that matter when they get here to enjoy themselves."

He said it's the ease and comfort that visitors will subconsciously remember when they go home.

The RV park alone brings a large amount of money into the city during the summer.

"We don't have the ability to bring in money in manufacturing or anything like that. So that's the only way we are going to make it, to keep pulling people in and keep creating more stuff for them to do," Jackson said. "So our parks are kind of our pride and joy."

The city also added a dock near the RV park to give people more access for swimming.

In nearby Loberg Park, a project is about to begin to add a pavilion, sun shades, benches, a paved parking lot, and a handicap accessible swing.

Jackson said he believes it will be the first swing in the county that someone in a wheelchair can use.

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