OZARK Riverfront Development
The Marina will develop a stop along the South Side of the Arkansas River for recreational boat traffic.
The Marina will Provide
Temporary boat docking for visitors and River traffic
Food and beverage
Shopping and recreational outdoor activity/park area
RAILROAD CROSSING TOWER
The Railroad Crossing Tower will provide safe pedestrian passage from the east side of the old Franklin County Jail at River Street, across the railroad tracks to the Arkansas River side of the railroad tracks, where the Riverwalk/Boardwalk area will be located.
The building materials for the Crossing Tower will reflect both respect for the existing textures of the downtown Ozark area with a red brick base and terra cotta roof, as well as, consist of new metal materials and colors that relate to the activities associated with water life.
OLD Franklin County JAIL HOUSE
The Old Jail House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an existing tourist attraction not currently being utilized.
Renovating the building for use as a Bed and Breakfast and possible retail space is the desired use of this historic building.
RIVER and Rail MARKETPLACE
The existing property along River Street between the Old Jail House and the Train Depot can be renovated and converted into new retail and restaurant space. The goal of the new retail space is to promote new businesses to the downtown area and tie tourist to the riverfront area.
A large outdoor plaza is proposed along the River Street Marketplace area for pedestrians to shop, dine outdoors, watch river traffic and walk.
The new outdoor plaza will also provide a safe and relaxing area near the railroad tracks for viewing the Ozark Bridge, Arkansas River and the Lock and Dam.
RIVER WALK / Boardwalk
¨ The River walk Park will be a public recreational area for the residents of Ozark and surrounding area, as well as, tourist.
¨ The Park will become a recreational stop for boat traffic along the Arkansas River and automobile traffic from Interstate I-40 and Highway 64.
¨ The boardwalk area will have a walking trail through the middle lined with park benches and tables, as well as, a gazebo in the center for people’s enjoyment.
¨ The boardwalk will also be a plant and bird sanctuary, with information along the trail telling about natural plants, wildlife and river animals common to the Ozark and Arkansas River Valley area.
¨ MULTI-PURPOSE OUTDOOR AREA
¨ The Outdoor area across from the Train Depot can be used for a multitude of functions including:
o The Ozark Little Theater for special outdoor presentations
o The City of Ozark for the Old Fashion Square Gathering and Christmas festivals
o The citizens and visitors for wedding receptions, birthday parties or other activities
o The Ozark Public Schools for pep rallies, educational events or school presentations
Many outdoor concerts and special events
TRAIN DEPOT AND MUSEUM
¨ This is an existing tourist attraction currently being used by Main Street Ozark to tell the history of the city, housing of historical artifacts, information about the railroad and location of other area and statewide tourist attractions.