The City of Hot Springs, led by its Complete Streets team, is undertaking a planning initiative to redefine three primary entry corridors into the downtown area each as a Complete Street. Conceptualized as a trident entry system, the three corridors—Malvern, Broadway, and Ouachita avenues—are part of a larger Green Infrastructure Plan within the Thermal Basin District. The district also includes two other entry corridors on the north side, Park and Whittington avenues. The city intends to combine Complete Street planning with a larger watershed development approach in the Thermal Basin District. Therefore, the Malvern Avenue project will constitute the first phase of a greater Low Impact Development Hot Springs Creek watershed project to alleviate downtown flooding.
The goal of this project is to create a Complete Street Master Plan for the Malvern Avenue segment between Grand Avenue and Spring Street, eight blocks in scope, with the support and cooperation of the Gateway Neighborhood Association. The master plan will be developed at a schematic design level. This plan initiates a larger initiative to develop gateways into the city’s Thermal Basin District using a watershed approach. UACDC will work with city staff to advance their studies, already underway, into a developed master plan for funding and implementation.