Pulaski County Adventure List

 

Tired of the same attractions in your town? Check out all the adventures Pulaski County has to offer! Pulaski County is the capital county of Arkansas and has plenty of interesting, historical, and delicious things to discover. Our county is unique with both urban and rural areas all in one place. Here is a short list of things to do and explore in our awesome county!

1. Roundtop Filling Station

The Roundtop Filling Station in Sherwood (Pulaski County), Arkansas is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1936 by the Pierce Oil Company. For years, the gas station-turned-landmark sat abandoned, but in the mid-2000s, restoration efforts of the station began and ultimately led to the station being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

Location: Old Hwy 67, North Little Rock, AR 72117

2. Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

Located on the North Shore Riverwalk in North Little Rock, the museum offers the chance to tour two historic naval vessels which were used during World War II: the tugboat “Hoga,” and the submarine “USS Razorback.” Visitors can explore the Hoga tugboat and learn about its crucial role during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Visitors can also get a feel for what life was like for sailors living in the USS Razorback, while learning about its fascinating history.

Location: 120 Riverfront Park Dr. North Little Rock, AR 72114

3. Lorance Creek Natural Area

Located just minutes from downtown Little Rock, this natural area conserves a cypress swamp and adjacent uplands. Along the paved trail, interpretive signs describe the history and natural features of the area. Lorance Creek comes to life during evening and at daybreak with a chorus of owls, frogs and other animal sounds. Natural areas like Lorance Creek truly make Pulaski County unique.

Location: 2800 Border Ln. Little Rock, AR 72206

4. Jacksonville Museum of Military History

The museum is housed inside of the former Jacksonville Ordinance Plant, which was the primary manufacturer of fuses and detonators during WWII. This museum was created to honor the men and women who have served our country. It highlights the important role of the military for not only Jacksonville, but the entire nation. Exhibits cover all major wars, including the Gulf and Iraq wars. Interactive displays, memorabilia, and a research room are also available to visitors.

Location: 100 Veterans Circle, Jacksonville, AR, 72076

5. Lake Willastein

Located in Maumelle, Lake Willastein Park has something for everyone. A 2.1 mile paved trail around the lake is perfect for walking or cycling. Canoes and kayaks, even fishing boats with small motors, are welcome on the lake. Did you know the lake is a popular fishing hole? Regularly stocked with Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Catfish and White crappie, the lake offers you the chance to reel in a catch of a lifetime. Lake Willastein Park has much more to explore like the ordinance bunkers. Make time to visit!

Location:  Lake Willastein Dr. Maumelle, AR 72113

6. Macarthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

Known as the birthplace of General Douglas MacArthur in 1880, the historic tower building now houses a museum of Arkansas’s military heritage from the state’s past to present. Visitors can explore numerous exhibits with over 400 original photos on display. 

Location: MacArthur Park Historic District, 503 E 9th St. Little Rock, AR 72202

7. Knoop Park

A beautiful park tucked away in the Hillcrest Historic District boasts an excellent view of downtown Little Rock and the Arkansas River.  Visitors can enjoy walking the 1.3-mile paved walking trail and find a wide range of wildlife.  If visitors look hard enough, they can discover the echo rock (hint is in the photo). The park was named after Little Rock author Faith Yingling Knoop who wrote children’s books and short stories.

Location: 20 Ozark Point, Little Rock, AR 72202

8. The Lassis Inn

Get a taste of history at one of Arkansas’ oldest restaurants. Since 1905 Lassis Inn has been serving up some of the best fried catfish in our state. Lassis Inn also served as a refuge for African Americans to talk about community, racism and freedom during the Civil Rights Movement. Many Civil Rights leaders, including Daisy Bates, spent time at Lassis Inn.

Location: 518 E 27th St. Little Rock, AR 72206

9. Sundial Inside Two Rivers Park

It’s easy to lose track of time when visiting Two Rivers Park. But do not fret if you’ve left your watch or phone at home! There is a fully functioning sundial on top of the mound in the eastern part of the park. Built in 2013, this unique feature has been a popular attraction for park goers. 

Location: 6900 Two Rivers Park Rd. Little Rock, AR 72223

 

Pulaski County burn ban lifted

Pulaski County, Ark. (August 10, 2022) –Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde on Tuesday lifted the burn ban that was in effect since July 6. The burning ban was in place due to rapid drying conditions in the county. Recent rains have provided the county with relief, according to the order.

Burn Ban Lift-August 9, 2022

Pulaski County Government to host hiring event

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 9, 2022) Pulaski County Government has partnered with the Central Arkansas Workforce Center to hold a hiring event on Wednesday, August 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at  Arkansas Workforce Center located at 5401 S. University Ave. in Little Rock.

Public works, the sheriff’s office, the county clerk, and other departments and offices are hiring for positions. 

Human Resources will be present to answer questions and provide application assistance.

Public Informational Hearing for Subdivision and Development Code 8-23-22

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (August 8, 2022) Resolution and amendments for Subdivision and Development Code 8-23-22 will be heard by the Planning Board on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at 3:00 pm.  The public hearing will be held in the Jeffrey Hawkins Conference Room located at 501 West Markham Street, Little Rock. See the draft and resolution amendments below.

Draft-of-Subdivision-Regulations-Final-8-5-22

Resolution-Amending-Subdivision-and-Development-Code-8-23-22

 

 

Pulaski County Judge appointed vice chair of NACo Transportation Steering Committee

Judge Hyde Hyde met with Christine Harada, Executive Director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC) on July 13, 2022, for a roundtable discussion focused on improving the permitting process for beginning construction projects supported by Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

PULASKI COUNTY, ARK. (August 5, 2022) – Pulaski County Judge Hyde has been appointed vice chair of the National Association of Counties (NACo)Transportation Steering Committee. This will be his second year to serve as vice chair.

NACo President Denise Winfrey said Hyde was chosen because of his involvement and commitment to NACo.

The transportation steering committee is responsible for federal transportation legislation, funding as well as regulation, and its impact on county government. The committee helps with
highway and bridge development, finance and safety, public transit development, transportation planning, airport development, railroads, ports and waterways, and development of new modes of transportation.

This past year as vice chair, Hyde participated in a roundtable discussion focused on improving the permitting process for beginning construction projects supported by Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). He was invited to participate in the roundtable due to his background with capital construction projects.

“I am honored by President Winfrey’s appointment and grateful for the chance to represent Pulaski County,” said Hyde. “I will continue to give my best efforts in supporting impactful county leadership through NACo.”

 

 

 

 

Pulaski County Veteran Services to host veterans picnic

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (August 5, 2022) – Pulaski County Veteran Services is hosting a veterans picnic on Saturday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 501 W. Markham in Little Rock, across from City Hall.

Veterans will have the chance to learn about services and benefits from disability to transportation.  There will be vendors including CareLink and the Little Rock VA, to help veterans access these services.

Each year, U.S. veterans can be losing thousands of dollars a month by not accessing their benefits. Attend the Pulaski County Veterans Picnic to learn more about your benefits and enjoy food as well as community. This event is free and open to the public.

The following vendors will be present at the picnic to speak with veterans:

  1. Arkansas Legal Services
  2. Pulaski County Treasurer
  3. St. Francis House 
  4. Veterans Hope Center 
  5. Pulaski County Community Services
  6. Disabled American Veterans Association 
  7. Veterans Day Center Melba Perez 
  8. Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
  9. UALR – Military Student Success
  10. Pulaski County Veteran Service 
  11. Pulaski Technical College – Veterans Upward Bound 
  12. Veterans Administration Regional Office 
  13. CareLink  
  14. Seniors Serving Seniors
  15. Veterans Hospital, Ft Roots
  16. VA Patient advocate 
  17. American Legion Post 74, NLR 
  18. CapTel 

For more information about the Pulaski County Veteran Services, contact County Veteran Services Office Albert “Al” Harkins at 501-340-5622 or  501-650-0311. He can also be reached by email at aharkins@pulaskicounty.net.

Pulaski County Hunger Reduction Initiative distributes $440,000 to food pantries

The Pulaski County Hunger Reduction Initiative started disbursing $440,000 in funds to food pantries in Pulaski County.

 

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (August 2, 2022) –The Pulaski County Hunger Reduction Initiative disbursed $440,000 in funds to food pantries in Pulaski County.

 

According to Feeding America, 1 in 7 Arkansans faces food insecurity. Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde and Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance presented checks to the following organizations:

 

  • Monday, Aug. 1 at 11:30 a.m. Central Baptist Church, located at  9650 Hwy 107, in Sherwood received $48,150

 

  • Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. Fishnet Missions, located at 1700 Swift Dr., Jacksonville received $49,000

 

  • Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m.  Berean Disciple Church located at 4509 Rogers St. in North Little Rock received $37,750

 

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde and the Pulaski County Quorum Court allocated funding for the Pulaski County Hunger Reduction Initiative.  In June 2022, Pulaski County provided $500,000 to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to facilitate the initiative.

 

Fishnet Missions in Jacksonville received $49,000 as a part of the hunger reduction initiative.

 The Initiative developed after a successful 2021 Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance pilot program distributed $100,000 in funds to Pulaski County food pantries, impacting 16,708 residents.

 

Berean Disciple Church in North Little Rock received $37,750 as a part of the hunger reduction initiative.

“After the tremendous success of last year’s program, it was an easy decision not only to continue, but to expand,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “The Pulaski County Quorum Court saw the value in increasing support to the program, so we’ll be improving our reach in 2022. We recognize that food insecurity is a real problem facing many county residents, especially during the pandemic, and this is one way we can help make food and resources more available to those who are homebound or in underserved and rural areas.”

 

 

The following 35 pantries received funds:

 

Fishnet Missions

Central Baptist Church Food Pantry

Berean Disciple Church

Philander Smith College – Panther Pantry

Bridge 2 Success – Ministry of Intercession

Depaul USA’s Jericho Way Day Center for the Homeless

Asociacion de Mujeres de Arkansas, Inc

Centers for Youth & Families

St. Andrew UMC Food Pantry

the Helping Hand of Greater Little Rock

Potluck Food Rescue

Veterans Villages of America INC. (V2A)

Emmanuel Ministries of Little Rock Arkansas

Amboy Community Food Pantry

Central Arkansas Library System

Roland Crisis Closet

Food Justice United

Life Skills for Youth

Grace Presbyterian Church

Green Groceries Program, a ministry of Christ Episcopal Church

Unitarian Universalist Church

Food Jobs Work Foundation

We Care of Pulaski County

Oak Forest United Methodist Church 

Matthew 25 Food Pantry

Little Rock Stewpot

Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command

Highland Valley United Methodist Church

Ossie Barnes Empowerment Foundation

Our House

River City Ministry of Pulaski County

Women and Children First

Central Arkansas Volunteers InMedicine

Sober Living, Inc.

Southside Church of Christ Little Rock

Baptist Health Foundation

St. Joseph Center of Arkansas

CareLink

FEED First USA

Gardner Memorial UMC Food Pantry

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry

The Sustainability Project 

Union Rescue Mission 

The Home Teen Youth Center

The Ridge Assembly of God

Parkway Place Baptist Church Food Pantry

Well Fed Community Development Corporation

Carter’s Crew

Judge Hyde introduces Gov. Asa Hutchinson at Little Rock Rotary Club

Judge Hyde introduces Gov. Asa Hutchinson at Little Rock Rotary Club.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 26, 2022) –Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde had the honor to introduce Little Rock Rotary Club’s guest speaker for Tuesday’s meeting, Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

“Through our partnership with the governor, Pulaski County has witnessed a surge in economic growth,” Judge Hyde said. “The Port of Little Rock has more than doubled in size and has created approximately 8,000 permanent jobs. This is not only good for the county but the whole of the region.”  

Gov. Hutchinson is the past chair of the National Governors Association and former co-chair of the Council of Governors. He also served as U.S. representative for Arkansas’s 3rd Congressional District from 1997 to 2001.

Judge Hyde appreciates the governor’s willingness to partner with the County on improvements to our local infrastructure. The strength of this partnership helps attract companies like Amazon and Trex to the region and promotes a better position for our future growth.

“While the governor and I may not always agree, and at times strongly disagree, we share the belief that we can achieve more by working together.” 

Roberts Joins Pulaski County as Communications Director

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 25, 2022) – Madeline Roberts has joined Pulaski County Government as its new director of communications.

Roberts, who started earlier this month, will serve as the County’s principal spokesperson and oversee strategic communications, including preparing and disseminating information about County services and programs to constituents and stakeholders.

“This is an exciting time for Pulaski County,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “We are thankful to have Madeline here to inform citizens of the important County initiatives impacting our constituents.”

Prior to joining Pulaski County Government, Roberts was the marketing and communications director for Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., where she led the strategic marketing and communications team and advised senior leadership on the College’s public relations strategy.

“As a Little Rock native, I am thrilled to be back in my hometown with the privilege to serve my county,” she said. “I’m looking forward to working with familiar faces as well as meeting new ones.”

Roberts has a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in journalism from Lyon College and a master’s in applied communication from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In addition, she received her accreditation in public relations (APR) in 2021 and is a member of the Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Contact Roberts by email at mroberts@pulaskicounty.net, or by calling 501-541-4119.

Pulaski County Judge meets with infrastructure federal agency in D.C.

 

Judge Hyde Hyde met with Christine Harada, Executive Director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC) in a roundtable discussion focused on improving the permitting process for beginning construction projects supported by Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 13, 2022) – Pulaski Judge Barry Hyde met with Christine Harada, Executive Director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC) in a roundtable discussion focused on improving the permitting process for beginning construction projects supported by Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). FPISC is a federal agency charged with facilitating deliberate, coordinated, and transparent Federal environmental review and permitting for certain infrastructure projects.

Serving as the vice chair of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Transportation Committee, Judge Hyde was invited to participate in the roundtable due to his background with capital construction projects. He was joined by the following NACo participants:

• Ramon Gavarrete, Former NACE President, Public Works Director/County Engineer, Alachua County, Florida
• Hon. Eileen Higgins, Vice Chair, NACo Transportation Committee; Commissioner, Miami-Dade County, Florida
• Chris Bauserman, Former NACE President, County Engineer (Elected), Delaware County, Ohio
• Luke McGinty, County Engineer, Elmore County, Alabama

This event is the third in a series with NACo, the Bipartisan Policy Center and National League of Cities. Discussions focus on implementing IIJA projects with state and local officials, leaders and community-based organizations.