, 2022-09-11 05:11:00,
Outdoor writer and photographer Corbet Deary is featured regularly in The Sentinel-Record. Today, Deary takes readers on a journey to Ben Geren Park.
Having covered outdoor destinations throughout Arkansas for the past 20 or so years, one would think that I would eventually quit happening upon new locations.
Granted, I have found myself compelled to revisit some potential destinations several times, and for good reason. Some of these locations are obviously worth a revisit, in the sense that they have characteristics deeming them special.
Other stops simply can’t be experienced to their fullest in one day. And I must also consider the fact that folks simply cannot spend every weekend kicking around within the perimeters of the state. And in turn, I often revisit destinations as a reminder.
I certainly have not minded covering locations several times throughout the years, as I often try to address them from somewhat of a different perspective than the previous visit.
However, it is certainly refreshing and most enjoyable when I happen upon a new location that I am confident those who follow my articles might also find of value. And interestingly enough, some of these destinations are situated close to locations where I have kicked around time and time again throughout the years.
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Today’s destination is such a place. I have spent my fair share of time in the Fort Smith area. And to be honest, I thought I had a pretty good handle on what this section of the state has to offer. But little did I know that I had totally overlooked a spot that might just be one of my favorites, until a recent excursion to this particular neck of the woods.
Situated on the outskirts of town, Ben Geren Park is a happening place, as a sports complex is located within its perimeters. Locals show up on a regular basis to support their favorite team at the softball fields. And the park sports what is considered by some as “one of the finest soccer facilities in the Arkansas/Oklahoma area.”
A large playground is also located on site and is a popular destination for those with kids as young as six months of age. And the second playground is geared more toward youngsters from 2 years and older.
Three large pavilions are situated within the park’s property, as is a community building, all of which can be rented by various groups. The park touts an…
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