Approximately 300 gravel cyclists showed out in force on Sunday, Jan. 7, for the Arkansas R3 Pea Ridge Ramble Ride. Riders completed a 30- or 36-mile route, which stopped at the Pea Ridge R3 hub, as well as Pea Ridge City Hall. Mayor Nathan See met gravel cyclists and talked about his vision for the future of gravel riding in Pea Ridge.
On Dec. 5, Bentonville city planners granted a conditional use permit to Bentonville developer Blue Crane for its “Bentonville Cycling Center” project. The outdoor recreation facility is proposed for approximately 160 acres. The land is north of Interstate 49, west of Slaughter Pen Road and south of Ford Springs Road.
LIVSN Designs, a sustainable outdoor apparel brand built on the idea that you need great clothing to live a well-worn life, is pleased to announce that it has raised a round of seed capital led by RZC Investments, a Bentonville-based multi-strategy investment firm deploying capital on behalf of Steuart Walton and Tom Walton.
The investment is a strategic step in furthering LIVSN’s commitment to redefining outdoor apparel through sustainability and innovation, and will support team expansion, further product-line diversification, and distribution scale-up. RZC was joined in investment by Cadron Capital Partners and Techstars, among others.
Runway Group of Bentonville has released the detailed results of a poll it commissioned to gauge people’s interest in changing the Buffalo National River’s designation to that of a national park and preserve.
As Runway Group and others across the state continue to promote the outdoor economy in Arkansas, we want to make every effort to explore how adequate funding for critical infrastructure and resources would be available to conserve the Buffalo National River area, while maintaining access to the river, hunting, and fishing for all Arkansans.
As participants in very early conversations around how to support the Buffalo National River, Runway engaged in polling residents of Madison, Newton, Searcy, Boone, and Crawford Counties. Our intent with this survey is to better understand the feelings and beliefs of the Arkansans whose daily lives are connected to the River. At this time, no official proposal has been offered, only preliminary research as reflected in some fact sheets designed to lead meaningful conversations about the future of the Buffalo and the growth of Arkansas’ outdoor economy.
We are engaging in a coalition to explore new ideas centered on preservation, quality of life, and economic vitality. It is our hope to continue these conversations with sincerity and respect.
More than 200 riders converged on the Evans farm Tuesday evening to meet with local farmers and share experiences about gravel cycling, the fastest-growing cycling sport in the US.
Wes Evans and his wife, Laura, were named Benton County Farm Family of the Year in May. They hosted the event in partnership with Arkansas Rural Recreational Roads (Arkansas R3), Arkansas Farm Bureau, and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.