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 for more information. You can also sign up for the Parks & 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.

Christmas Memories
This special program is sponsored by the Hot Springs Parks and Trails Department. It takes place on the first Friday in December during Gallery Walk from 6:00-8:00 PM at Kenneth Adair Memorial Park, 358 Central Avenue in downtown Hot Springs, AR. Citizens and visitors are invited to bring an ornament to hang on one of five memorial trees in memory of loved ones who have passed or in honor of loved ones who are on active military duty. The trees and ornaments will remain in the park throughout the month of December. For more information please call the Parks and Trails Department at 501-321-6871.

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 .

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 501-623-4161 or 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 join in the fun! Helmets are required. Ages 8-under are supervised on the 1/4 mile paved, accessible trail. Ages 9-up are introduced to basic mountain biking skills and supervised on the .75 mile Water Tower Loop Trail. All participants will receive a t-shirt, certificate, snacks, and water. This event takes place each year at Entergy Park, 530 Lakepark Drive in Hot Springs, on the second Saturday in October. 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 .