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Ben Geren Park
7200 South Zero Street
Fort Smith, AR 72903

Office Hours Are:

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admin Office: (479) 646-2444

*The Park Office is located at the back of the park in the Golf Pro Shop building. Ask for Debbie!

*Park Closes at Dusk Daily

*Park Closed Christmas Day


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Ben Geren Park

Bike Trail (Mountain Bike & Paved)
One of the finest bike trails in Arkansas has been constructed at Ben Geren Park. This paved trail is ADA-accessible through the first mile. There are over five miles of paved trails with ongoing expansions, in addition there are over twelve miles of rugged trails for mountain bikers and hiking. Our mountain bike trail system has been listed by the state as one of eleven premier systems in Arkansas.  

Click here for a Bike Trail Map.

Disc Golf
Ben Geren Disc Golf Course is the largest and nicest course in the region.  With two 18 hole courses and a third in the works, this facility has a variety of challenges and conditions.  Alternate pin placements changed periodically.  Watch for water, tunnel shots, buried and hanging targets!  The local association has several events throughout the year.  

Professional Disc Golf Association listing [link].
Course Layout Map [link]

Fitness Course
Ben Geren is home to a top-notch fitness trail, running 1.5 miles in length. Constructed of shale and dirt, it is partially ADA-accessible although some challenge should be expected by all users. Several fitness stations are available along the trail.

Gator Golf
The Fort Smith area's only 27-hole championship mini-golf course offers park guests an amazing and exciting jungle adventure. For more information on Gator Golf, please contact their office at (479) 785-0078.

Golf See Ben Geren Golf Course
 

Horseshoe Pits
Available first come-first serve, this game will provide hours of entertainment for your friend and family.

Pavilions
Ben Geren Park offers guests three (3) large 40'x40' pavilions. Each facility will handle approximately 100 people comfortably and all have electricity and water on-site. Bathrooms are conveniently located within walking distance of each pavilion. Pavilions are available for reservation by calling (479) 646-2444. A smaller 20'x20' Gazebo with electrical hookup is also available.  It is HIGHLY recommended that you make your reservations 30-days ahead of your planned event. The pavilions are extremely popular! Please note that pavilions remain "first-come, first-serve", if no reservations have been scheduled. For the benefit of our park patrons, each pavilion has a reservation marquee which shows current reservations.

Playground
The large playground is located in the center of the pavilion complex next to the restrooms. This playground has a variety of amenities with the intended age use of specific equipment ranging from six (6) months and up. There are plenty of swings, slides, climbers and more.

There is a second playground near the Community Building at the Softball Complex for ages two (2) and up.


Safe Shelter Rules and Regulations
The intent of this facility is to provide safe haven for park patrons and the public at large in the event of a tornado or emergency. This facility is not intended for use during any other storm event other than when a tornado warning or emergency signal has been issued. Warnings take precedence over any planned event. The only time the doors will open to the public without a reservation will be during a warning. All pets must be in an airline approved carrier in order to come into the shelter. Pets carried or on a leash will not be admitted during an emergency.

This facility is available to be rented for functions and meetings.

Community Building

Located by the Softball Complex and directly adjacent to the small playground. This facility is available to be rented for functions and meetings.

Soccer
Ben Geren is home to one of the finest soccer facilities in the Arkansas/Oklahoma area! With twelve soccer fields and more in the works, it offers area families excellent opportunities for athletic competition or just a fun day at the park learning the game. Under contract with Fort Smith Express Soccer, the Ben Geren Soccer complex hosts many regional and city tournaments annually. For more information on the Ben Geren Soccer Complex or for league/tournament signups, please contact Fort Smith Soccer Express at (479) 415-6414.

Softball
Our ten field softball complex is home to adult softball leagues, including co-ed, kid's leagues, and Tee-ball. Under contract to the Ben Geren Softball Association and Sebastian County Girls Softball League, the complex offers Sebastian County residents the fun of teaching and learning while also providing competitive leagues for more advanced players. Ben Geren is home to the Fort Smith Northside Grizzly Softball Team. Contact the Ben Geren Softball Association at (479) 646-9517 and the Sebastian County Girls Softball League (479) 782-2827.

Tennis
Ben Geren is home to one of the finest athletic facilities of its kind with the Tennis Center. With six lighted courts, our instructors will take you from beginner to ATP Pro! (It could happen!) They start with USTA Quick Start Program and work with ages 5 to 95. They offer group and private lessons, adult and junior leagues, and summer tennis camps for juniors. All instructors have been certified in Junior Development by Professional Tennis Registry. Call (479) 783-9282 to schedule courts. To schedule Tennis lessons call (479) 414-7291 or visit the website Western Arkansas Tennis Association.

Torraine Lake
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also known locally as Stick Lake, covers about 15 acres and sits on 42 acres of parkland. Sebastian County is planning to renovate and stock the lake, adding fishing to Sebastian County’s recreational offerings. Currently a paved walking trail with a pedestrian bridge has been completed and extends about halfway around the lake. There are plans to complete the loop around the lake with additional paved trail length and a second pedestrian bridge.   Canoes and kayaks are welcome but they will have to be carried from the parking area (above). No motorized boats or other craft of any kind are allowed. Please abide by Arkansas fishing and boating rules and practice common sense safety habits. It is prohibited for any kind of motorized vehicle to be on the trails to include ATVs, UTVs and scooters.

Directions:  .6 Miles west of Massard Road on Chad Colley Boulevard. Look for the bollards marking the crossing of the bike trail along Chad Colley Boulevard. Once you turn in, you will see a large Torraine Lake sign. Torraine Lake closes at dusk.

Volley Ball
Ben Geren maintains two sand volleyball courts for family fun. Court #1 is located behind Pavilion #1 and Court #2 is located adjacent to Pavilion #2. Participants must provide their own balls but we provide the sand!

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IMPORTANT ADDRESSES


Fort Smith Court House
35 South 6 St.
Fort Smith, AR

Justice Building
901 South B St.
Fort Smith, AR

Greenwood Courthouse
11 Town Square
Greenwood, AR 72936

Sheriff Department
800 South A Street
Fort Smith, AR  72901

 

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