West Fork, nestled in the Ozark Mountains, is ten miles south of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a half-hour drive to the home offices of Wal-Mart and Tyson. West Fork is nearby to popular destinations such as the Crystal Bridges Museum, Beaver Lake, Devil's Den State Park with hiking and biking trails, and the War Eagle Mill Arts and Crafts Fair. West Fork was founded in the 1880s on the banks of the West Fork of the White River. Founded by the timber industry, milling, and railroad commerce, our historic homes, parks, library, Farmers Market and community events preserve a small town feel in an area of rapid growth with a diverse and an expanding economy. Our beautiful Ozark Mountain scenery, mild four seasons, one of the best school districts in Arkansas, and opportunities for employment, recreation and higher education, make West Fork "Where the Best Begins".
February 27, 2015Economic Development and City Beautification CommitteesI introduced to the City Council a need for two committees to serve West Fork. These committees should be citizens of West Fork who are interested in developing and implementing an economic development plan and designing and implementing a city beautification plan. We have made some recent improvements in both of these areas and have committed to future projects that support both economic development and city beautification. Riverside Park is expanding into its newly purchased 5 acres, the Planning Commission and City Council have both endorsed the development of bike and pedestrian trails connecting to the Razorback Greenway and for safe routes in town. The Parks and Recreation Department is continuing to make improvements at their facilities and expanding into new programs that will serve our residents and surrounding area. Ozark Regional Transit is serving West Fork with five runs a day. The “55 Alive” program and Area Agency on Aging are adding health and well being programs to the agenda at our Community Center. These and other activities are all steps forward to better serve the needs and wants of our city residents and to bring economic development and improved facilities to West Fork. It is now time to have two committees dedicated to developing plans, finding resources and implementing those plans. Come by City Hall and fill out an information sheet for contact information and the area of interest you have. If you cannot come by during business hours call 839-2342 and give your information to Kristie or Kathleen. We will have an organizational meeting on Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 in City Hall. If you are not sure which committee you would like to be a part of bring you questions on March 12. This is a great opportunity; get involved.