Community Recreation Programs

Community Recreational Programs are programs that are offered free of charge to the citizens and visitors of the City of Hot Springs. The Parks and Trails Department partners with several individuals, groups, organizations, civic groups, churches, and clubs to offer various programs each year. If you are interested in becoming a partner with the Parks and Trails Department, please call 501-321-6871 or email at parksrec@cityhs.net for more information. You can also sign up for the Parks and Trails Newsletter .

Partnering with The Hot Springs Fine Arts Center. This program takes place at Kenneth Adair Memorial Park, 358 Central Avenue, and features performances and crafts from a variety of music and crafts persons. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM, April - October. Anyone interested in being included in the schedule of events should call the Fine Arts Center at 501-624-0489 for more information.

All performances are free to the public.

In March 2013 the City of Hot Springs joined the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) Growing Healthy Communities initiative. This coalition has committed to improving the health of all Arkansas communities by increasing access to physical activity and healthy foods to reduce and prevent obesity. Four committees were formed in July: Community Gardens, Walkability, Nutrition Education, and Worksite Wellness. If you are interested in joining one of these committees please LIKE us on Facebook .

This annual volunteer program has been jumpstarting the holiday spirit in local children since December 2002. A heart-warming event, Santa's Switchboard provides an opportunity for adult volunteers to donate just a few hours to enrich the lives of hundreds of local children age 7-under. Santa's Switchboard won the 2008 National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Program of the Year Award. Parents can sign their children up to receive a call from Santa and Mrs. Claus during the month of November. Sign-up forms are delivered to area schools and childcare centers the first week in November. They are also available at the Parks and Trails Administrative office, 111 Opera Street.  All volunteers are provided dinner before calls are made. Tip sheets with popular holiday songs, reindeer names, and forms that list information regarding the children receiving a call from Santa. iI you are interested in volunteering during this event, please call 501-321-6871 for more information and to sign up.

Partnering with the Garland County Children's Library and the Hot Springs Family YMCA. This is an outdoor storytime program for children of all ages and their families. A library staff member shares stories, songs, and other interactive activities during this one hour , once a month program. Following storytime, a YMCA staff member offers fun fitness activites, a snack, and a drink for the children in attendance. Scheduling for this program is handled through the Garland County Children's Library and can vary due to weather conditions. Stories in the Park takes place in several parks in Hot Springs and has an average attendance of 50 people per event. Please contact the Garland County Children's Library at 501-623-4161or subscribe to the Parks and Trails Newsletter  for dates and times in a park near you. 

Tikes, Trikes, and Trails is sponsored by Hot Springs Parks & Trails Department, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Hot Springs Bicycle Association, and Parkside Cycle. If it rolls or strolls, it fits! Families are encouraged to bring strollers, big wheels, tricycles, and bicycles (with or without training wheels) to join in the fun! Helmets are required. Ages 8-under will be supervised on the 1/4 mile paved, accessible trail. Ages 9-up will be exposed to basic mountain biking skills by an experienced mountain bike rider who will supervise riders on the .75 mile Water Tower Loop Trail. All participants will receive a t-shirt, certificate, snacks, water, and a chance to win a door prize!  This event takes place each year at Entergy Park, 530 Lakepark Drive in Hot Springs, on the second Saturday in November. Registration begins at 9:00 AM and activities start at 10:00 AM. Call 501-321-6871 for information.

Trail Watch is a volunteer program coordinated through the Hot Springs Parks and Trails Department. Individuals volunteer to walk or ride sections of the Hot Springs trail system and model proper trail etiquette and safety as well as assist users in trail navigation. A 30 minute training class is held once a month, March - October, at the Parks and Trails conference room, 111 Opera Street. 

For more information and applications click Trails .