Fayetteville 2021: The year in photos


Another year ended in Fayetteville, and as usual, the Flyer was there to capture much of what happened from January through December.

Here is a photographic overview of the news, events and events in 2021.

Happy New Year everyone.


January

A plan to double the size of the Gulley Park parking lot on Township Street began in early January.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


Construction of the last segment of the Rupple Road extension project was completed in January, completing what is known as the “Mayor’s Box”.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


Printed mesh panels depicting the work of Kori Bowers have been installed on the construction fence on the east side of the Frisco Trail, where teams are working in the Fay Jones Woods area as part of the Cultural Arts Corridor Project.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


February

Seven Points, otherwise known locally as Castle at Wilson Park, received new features in February created by local sculptor Eugene Sargent.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


Fayetteville was blanketed in snow in mid-February after a series of precipitation and extremely cold temperatures swept through the area.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


Temperatures fell below freezing early Tuesday as forecasters issued another winter storm warning for the region.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


March

A Fayetteville artist created a new gallery space in North Fayetteville that opened to the public in March.

Photo: Dustin Bartholomew, Fayetteville Flyer


Fayetteville City Council members voted to honor former University of Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson by renaming the street in front of Bud Walton Arena to Nolan Richardson Drive.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


April

A local sandwich shop has moved into the old KFC building on the corner of Rolling Hills Drive and College Avenue.

Photo: Dustin Bartholomew, Fayetteville Flyer


A huge 38-step obstacle is one of the main features of a world-class cyclocross racetrack built atop the 2022 UCI Millsap Mountain Cyclocross World Championships at Centennial Park in Fayetteville.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


Can

The Gulley Park parking lot expansion was completed in May.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


The first 58 acres of Underwood Park opened west of Fayetteville in May.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


June

In June, crews worked on the construction of a series of elevated trails in the Fay Jones Woods between Center Street and Prairie Street as part of the Cultural Arts Corridor Project.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


A team installed lights at Walker Park skate park in south Fayetteville in June.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


July

A previously temporary change that makes it easier for Fayetteville businesses to expand parking spaces outside their doors became a permanent part of city law in July.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


Construction of a new patio surrounding Puritan Coffee & Beer on Dickson Street began in July.

Photo: Abigail Atkinson, Fayetteville Flyer


August

A plan to extend Rolling Hills Drive to the Fiesta Square parking lot progressed in August.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


Construction took place on a trail segment that extends the Tsa La Gi Trail in August.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


September

Fayetteville City Council approved a downtown parking meter modernization plan in September.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


Residents Daniel and Leah Jordan spoke in September about their new bookstore called Pearl’s Books.

Staff photo


October

German cyclist Marcel Meisen rests near the finish line after a muddy race at the UCI Cyclocross World Cup at Centennial Park in Fayetteville on Wednesday.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


The old Hooters building on North College Avenue was approved for new development in North Fayetteville in October.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


November

Traffic moves along Rolling Hills Drive among fall foliage in Fayetteville in November.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


A flag flies on a lamppost in honor of Veterans Day on Center Street in downtown Fayetteville.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


The teams worked on installing Christmas lights in the downtown square in mid-November.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


Teams continued to work on the Fay Jones Woods elevated footpaths between Center Street and Prairie Street as part of the Cultural Arts Corridor Project.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


Signs posted on Pittman Drive in Fayetteville winked at Arkansas head football coach Sam Pittman.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


December

Parts of the AIDS Memorial Quilt were on display in early December at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church as part of a partnership with NWA Equality to commemorate World AIDS Day.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


The Bulldog of Archibald Yell Boulevard and Rock Street will soon be one of the three retaining wall murals near downtown Fayetteville. Officials are looking for proposals for two more murals on the wall.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


Construction continued in December in the University of Arkansas’ Windgate art and design district on the southeast corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Hill Avenue.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


City Council members approved in mid-December a construction change order contract for cost overruns associated with planned replacement parking on the depot lot at the northwest corner of Dickson Street and the ‘avenue West in Fayetteville.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer


Fossil Cove Brewing Co. partnered with homebrew club FLOPS to brew a special batch of beer with brewing pioneer Jack McAuliffe in mid-December.

/ Photo: Brian Sorensen


Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan presented Matthew Petty with an award for nearly 13 years of service as a member of Ward 2 City Council.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer



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