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Northwest Arkansas always has something NEW up its sleeve, here are some of the NEWEST things we are excited about:  NEW Waterpark & Downtown Park // NEW Crystal Bridges Exhibit // 150 NEW E-Bikes // NEW Agrihood

New Amenities Coming to Siloam Springs

Just as we finished reading about the new 5-acre park coming to downtown Siloam Springs this spring, which will feature a splash pad, amphitheater, and a new farmers market venue—we found out that within two to three years Siloam Springs will also become home to a new $15 million state-of-the-art whitewater park at Lake Frances. According to Tulsa World, “the main attraction would be a 1,000-foot long, 50-foot-wide side channel off the river with seven drop-features to provide wave action for kayakers, surfers and tubers.”

Men of Steel, Women of Wonder (February 9 – April 22, 2019)

Men of Steel, Women of Wonder is a new exhibition developed by Crystal Bridges Assistant Curator Alejo Benedetti that examines art-world responses to Superman and Wonder Woman ranging from their Depression-era origins to today’s contemporary artist interpretations. The exhibition features over 70 paintings, photographs, installations, videos, and more by over 50 artists.

Offering fresh perspectives on these cultural icons and tapping into our current national love for superheroes, the artists in Men of Steel, Women of Wonder use Superman and Wonder Woman to explore national identity, American values, social politics, representation, and the concept of humanity in an exciting, thought-provoking, unforgettable exhibition.

150 New E-Bikes

In 2018, Fayetteville, in partnership with Veoride, the University of Arkansas, and Experience Fayetteville, introduced the first stationless bike-share program in Northwest Arkansas. The program features a host of 290 regular bikes, as well as electronic “pedal-assist” bikes, that are available all around the city for the public to use.

This month, Veoride announced that it is updating its electronic-assist bikes to fully customized models with the latest upgrades, and tripling the number of these e-bikes available for a total of 150 soon to be found at hubs around the city!

Since launching, users have taken more than 35,000 rides on VeoRide bikes.

New Agrihood in Bentonville

What is an “agrihood” you say? An agrihood is an organized community that integrates agriculture into a residential neighborhood. The purpose of these communities is to facilitate food production while at the same time providing recreation for members of the community. (Wikipedia)

According to Talk Business and Politics, the new development, called Red Barn, will feature a 2-acre Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) farm that will grow approximately 60 varieties of vegetables. It will include an apiary for honey bees and a chicken tractor, a mobile coop that allows chickens to be rotated across a pasture in a controlled pattern, two movable high tunnels and a state-of-the-art greenhouse system. It will be located just a half mile from downtown Bentonville and include 138 units.

This is Northwest Arkansas and We’re Playin’ For Keeps!