Master Plan & Park History


The MacArthur Park Master Plan advances the concept of MacArthur Park as an outdoor public room, creating a vibrant urban space that is also the focal point, attractor and catalyst for sustainable development. This “green room” facilitates both active and passive recreation space for social and community gatherings, and acts as a front door for Park institutions and provides a site for arts and educational opportunities.

The transformation of MacArthur Park into the region’s premier public space using environmentally friendly practices, will also spur economic development in the immediate downtown area, strengthening the surrounding neighborhoods and commercial enterprises.





Located in the heart of downtown Little Rock, MacArthur Park is the city’s oldest municipal park. Originally known as City Park, it was formally established as Little Rock’s first public park in 1892 when the US Army traded the Little Rock Arsenal’s land, including the Arsenal Tower Building, to the City of Little Rock to “forever exclusively be devoted to the uses and purposes of a public park”. In 1942, the park was renamed MacArthur Park in honor of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who was born in the Arsenal Building in 1880.

This image is conceptual only. It is not a finalized architectural drawing.

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