Texarkana, AR – Enter Bobby Ferguson Park near UofA Way or pass it as you come off the Interstate and you’ll see a nice, rock sign on the hillside just inside the park informing you of the park’s name. However, if you enter from the Fairgrounds end of the park, there is no sign to indicate the name of the park. Soon, the lack of a park sign will not be a problem near the Four States Fairgrounds.
The Texarkana Arkansas Beautiful Commission works to improve the appearance and beautification of Texarkana, Arkansas. In addition to having clean-up days, dumpster trash days, planting days, and coordinating education about keeping the city clean, the commission has overseen the implementation of signs for city properties. The most recent sign, the huge “Welcome to Texarkana” sign on the Interstate was one of the larger sign projects the commission has undertaken in recent years.
The commission usually, through suggestions of need, etc. attempts to take on a sign project whenever it can afford to do so. Funding is supplied through the A&P Commission and the City Beautiful Commission seeks bids, designs the signs, and implements the projects. Once completed, several other groups, including city maintenance, the Master Gardners, and other volunteer groups join in to assist in planting, watering, and maintaining the signs for the city.
The commission’s latest project is underway right now. The unfinished sign is coming together on the southwest corner of Bobby Ferguson Park. When finished, there will be two flag polls, the sign, lights, water, and plants to celebrate and enhance the new sign’s location.
More information about the Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Commission can be found on their Facebook Page. The commission is made up of volunteers from the city and appointed by the City Board.