What's New for 2018 in Southwest Arkansas
Bubba Brew’s new locations, Hot Springs
Bubba Brew’s on Lake Hamilton is 8,000 square feet and can be accessed by land or water. The menu includes burgers etc and the venue has live music every Friday and karaoke every Saturday. Bubba Brew’s Brewing Co. Spa City Taproom is located in the former Bank of America building in downtown Hot Springs. This is a brewery and grill.
CONTACT: Bubba Brew’s on Lake Hamilton, 1252 Airport Road, Hot Springs; Bubba Brew’s Brewing Co. Spa City Taproom, 528 Central Avenue, Hot Springs. www.BubbaBrewsBrewingCo.com.
Evans Children’s Adventure Garden, Hot Springs
Also in Hot Springs, phase two of the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden at Garvan Woodland Gardens includes a $1.5 million treehouse built to teach children about nature. The anticipated opening date for this project is 2018.
CONTACT: 550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs, AR 71913, 501-262-9300, www.GarvanGardens.org.
Klipsch Museum of Audio History, Hope
In Hope, you can visit the Klipsch Museum of Audio History. Klipsch is currently one of the leading loudspeaker companies in the nation. The museum tells the story of the company and Paul Klipsch (1904-2002), a Hope resident, audio pioneer and founder of the company.
Maxwell Blade at the Malco Theatre, Hot Springs
In Hot Springs, illusionist Maxwell Blade is a well-known fixture of the entertainment scene. A new location to catch his performances is the historic Malco Theatre at 817 Central Avenue, which has been completely remodeled to host his shows.
Murphy Arts District, El Dorado
The Murphy Arts District, a $100 million project in El Dorado that centers on a state-of-the-art music, entertainment and restaurant complex, is a major development in Southwest Arkansas.
CONTACT: 870-863-4547, www.ElDoMAD.com.
New Mountain Bike Trail Project, Hot Springs
A planned 44.6-mile system of mountain biking trails on the city-owned Northwoods/Cedar Glades properties in the northern section of town. The first phase of this project has started and encompasses 16.6 miles of singletrack mountain bike trail. The first phase is expected to be finished fall of 2018 and the second phase of the project will start after this. The project is being collaboratively financed by the Walton Family Foundation and Visit Hot Springs and is being built by the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) Trail Solutions program.
CONTACT: Visit Hot Springs, 501-321-2027.
Sake brewery, Hot Springs
Ben Bell is aiming to take Arkansa's natural resources (including a rice infrastructure that already produces the best variety of sake rice) and put the state on the map for sake. Bell is currently lining up investors and has an ideal location in Hot Springs for a new sake brewery. His current plan is to be operational by the time the 25th Anniversary of the Hot Spring's Sister City Program (their sister city is Hanamaki, Japan) is celebrated in October of 2018.
CONTACT: Ben Bell, 501-920-0926, [email protected].
Splash Pad at Carnes Park, Camden
In Camden, a new splash pad is located in Carnes Park, which also features a pool, walking trail, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts and a playground.
CONTACT: Carnes Park Drive SE, Camden, AR 71701, 870-836-6426, www.Facebook.com/carnesparkpoolar.
SQZBX Brewery & Pizza Joint, Hot Springs
A family run, independently owned brewery and pizza joint located at 236 Ouachita Avenue.
CONTACT: 501-609-0609, www.Facebook.com/SQZBX-Brewery-Pizza-Joint-596410087219737.
Trace Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail, Camden
A two-mile rails-to-trails project has also opened in Camden called the Trace Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail. The trail is dotted with pocket parks, outdoor exercise equipment, playgrounds and mass daffodil plantings.