The eastern entrance to downtown Fort Smith represents an opportunity for a beautiful and memorable gateway into our downtown. This intersection has recently activated as one of the projects of The Unexpected. This effort by 64.6 Downtown was meant to improve the entrance, but is not a permanent solution.
The new entrance, Gateway Park, will be a beautifully landscaped park that incorporates three statues of figures with historical significance to Fort Smith.
Isaac C. Parker, Frontier Judge & Community Leader, will be the featured subject. He represents law and order in the late 1800’s and was an advocate for education of all and women’s rights. Judge Isaac Parker will be joined by John Carnall, who represents public education, and Sister of Mercy Mother Superior Mary Teresa Farrell, who represents the establishment of health care during that time in our history.
Gateway Park will be a gathering place for residents and visitors to learn about the contributions of all three leaders to our community.
The artist selected, Spencer Schubert of Schubert Design, is a figurative bronze sculptor. His work explores the strengths, weaknesses, tragedies, and successes of people such as our three individuals being honored. www.esschubert.com
Gateway Park is scheduled to be completed late 2019.