Pictured is some of the playground equipment that will be used for an all-inclusive playground planned for Maumelle. It will have an “Arkansas fishing-hole-type theme,” said designer Dave Roberts of Maumelle, director of planning for Crafton Tull. The playground will allow children with special needs to play alongside able-bodied children, Roberts said. The committee has a goal of raising $800,000 for the playground and splash pad.
Children like Dave Roberts’ daughter, who has cerebral palsy, will someday be able to enjoy a playground in Maumelle alongside those who don’t have special needs. He knows, because he designed it. “Inclusive means all,” Roberts said. “When they play together, they don’t see disabilities; they just play. … They jump in and do it, which is why you need spaces where they can do it together.” Roberts, director of planning for the design fi... READ MORE
CONWAY — Cleaning up a neighborhood is one thing; picking up trash with an NFL player might be a game-changer.
My husband and I were talking about our least favorite household chores the other day. We’ve always shared house-cleaning duties, just like everything else in life these past 31 years of marriage. We were taking a walk the other day, and the subject of cleaning came up somehow. “I don’t like to dust,” he said. I knew that, so it falls to me. But I don’t like it, either, so it’s not something I do every week, I admit. When I do, I’m good... READ MORE
Jeff Ward of Conway is comfortable in his sweatshirt and jeans at home, but he is willing to cinch himself into a corset or slip into a Santa suit to go onstage. The 45-year-old has been acting since he was a student at Morrilton High School. Now he’s president of the Community Arts Association of Conway Board of Directors. “I got involved in theater when I was 16. I’ve always kind of been interested in acting, and I was always kind of ... READ MORE
“I killed 10 snow geese on a hunt near Stuttgart,” a friend called and told me recently. “Should I throw them away, or can you eat them? One of the guys who was hunting with me said they’re not fit for the dinner table, and I should just toss them in the trash.” Apparently, there are lots of “buddies” out there who have never eaten a properly cooked snow goose because I hear this type of thing quite often. You definitely should not toss... READ MORE