The North Little Rock Downtown RV Park celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier in October with an observance at the park located at 250 S. Locust St.
The celebration brought a time to remember the first half decade and included cake, refreshments, and drawings for five winners to receive two-night stays at the park. The event also provided time to look at the park’s history.
"From 2008 to 2012, the park hosted almost 13,000 RVs," according to
Bob Major, Executive Director, North Little Rock Visitors Bureau.
The park also generated more than $5.3 million in economic impact, based on $140.32 per day multiplied by the number of days of occupancy, according the North Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission’s "Year in Review" for 2012.
The Downtown Riverside RV Park, managed by the North Little Rock Visitors Bureau, is located in downtown North Little Rock across from the Clinton Presidential Center and Park.
"It is the only RV park located on the bank of the Arkansas River and is conveniently located near major highways, attractions, restaurants and shopping in central Arkansas," Major added.
The park can accommodate 56 RVs with water, 50 amp electricity and sewer. A dump station is also available as well as 24-hour on-site managers. Tent camping is not allowed. Reservations are suggested.
According to Robert Voyles, North Little Rock’s director of planning, the property was acquired through several purchases.
"The City purchased one three-acre tract at (an)auction on the site," said Voyles.
The Lasiter Asphalt Company, formerly the Sandman property, was acquired through negotiations. The Glover property was acquired after negotiations with Jim Glover.
"These occurred between 1992 and 2000," said Voyles. The city produced several plans for the area.
"Bob Majors was instrumental in development of the current RV park. This project occurred after a meeting with Paul Hastings and then Mayor Hays where Hastings expressed his love of RV parks and thought central Arkansas needed such a feature," said Voyles.
In addition to RV camping, the park offers a pavilion for rental. People can learn more by visiting NorthLittleRockRiversideRVPark.com or call 340-5312.