Railyard Park by ross barney architects

Reviving historical downtown

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With a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, the City of Rogers, Arkansas has embarked on a project to design a new downtown park that will enhance economic development, spur placemaking, and improve connectivity. Situated on the east boundary of Rogers’ historic downtown district, the new park has the potential to capitalize on recent public space investments and help to make downtown Rogers a regional destination.

▼游乐场鸟瞰,aerial view of the playground © ross barney architects


The project utilized a robust community outreach effort, which has helped build a sense of ownership and pride from city staff and the residents. Through a digital survey that collected over 1,000 responses and in- person charrettes the design team has helped define the park’s desired outcomes and objectives through the words of the community. This shared vision has resulted in five emerging priorities: Inviting, Memorable, Challenging, Beautiful, and Authentic.

▼丰富多样的游乐设施,various recreational facilities © ross barney architects

▼喷泉装置,fountain installation © ross barney architects

▼装置底部,bottom of the installation © ross barney architects

▼孩子们在场地中玩耍,the children are playing in the playground © ross barney architects

▼透过游乐设施的孔洞望向外部,view to the outside through the holes of recreational facilities © ross barney architects


Rogers, as a city, has been defined both economically and physically by the railroad. The first plat of survey, completed in 1881, uses the rail to create a strong dividing line. The park’s design ignores the rail as a barrier and stitches the east and west together. The result is a series of plazas that can transform throughout the day, week, month, and year. These versatile and flexible spaces create a new and distinct rhythm that extends beyond the park into adjacent streets.

▼铁路旁的广场,plaza by the railway © ross barney architects

▼遮荫座位区,shaded seating area © ross barney architects

▼骑行广场,cycling plaza © ross barney architects


Between the ribbons, which are formed by the adjacent city context, a “room” is created. These densely vegetated and programmed spaces help create unique experiences throughout the park and further frame this piece of downtown as the new center instead of the edge.

▼有顶活动区域,covered activity area © ross barney architects

▼夜景,night view © ross barney architects

Location: Rogers, Arkansas
Client: City of Rogers
Size: 5 Acres/200,000 sqft
John McCurdy, CNU-A
Director, City of Rogers Department of Community Development
Project Team:
Ross Barney Architects, Chicago, IL – Architecture and Landscape Architecture
CEI Engineering Associates, Bentonville, AR – Civil Engineering and Land Surveying
Goodfriend Magruder Structure, Chicago, IL – Structural Engineering
HP Engineering, Rogers, AR – MEP Engineering
Schuler Shook, Chicago, IL – Lighting Design
SPAN (formerly Thirst) Chicago, IL – Branding and Environmental Graphics
AFJH Architects, Fayetteville, AR – Associate Architect
Crowne Group, Fayetteville, AR – AV Consultant
Nabholz Construction, Rogers, AR -Contractor/Construction Manager

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