America in Bloom is a comprehensive program that strengthens the community of Fayetteville and the quality of life for residents. This program seeks to help preserve the dozens of national register of historic places in our town including the Ridge House and the Clinton House Museum. Some buildings have been reclaimed, for example Carnall Hall that was the first women’s dormitory at the University of Arkansas. It now serves as an inn, restaurant and training ground for hospitality and management for students.
Fayetteville residents volunteer their time and talent to help others by planting pride in our community. The efforts of local green teams in the public schools and residents that support local agricultural and farmers market as well as other programs make America in Bloom successful. Wilson Park is one of over 70 parks here in the Ozark Mountains. There are ample trails for biking, walking and simply enjoying the outdoors on a warm day.
The tidiness effort to maintain Fayetteville has continued to develop by programs such as “Pay-As-You-Throw” Recycling, which gives residents an incentive to recycle by limiting the volume of trash that can be disposed of each week. Through implementations of projects such as the GreeNWAy Initiative and new housing designs such as ECO modern flats, awareness of sustainability has increased in our community.
Fayetteville has participated in America in Bloom for more than 10 years and in 2011 won the Special Award for the Greatest Number of Years in AIB. The same year, Fayetteville was the Award Winner in the Population Category (50,001-150,000) and won the Criteria Award for Turf and Groundcover.