The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is fortunate to have an extraordinary natural asset—a creek that runs the entire length of its campus. Known as Coleman Creek, this waterway is part of the regional drainage system. With headwaters near the intersection of University Avenue and Cantrell, it eventually empties into the Fourche Creek wetlands immediately south of the campus.
In its current state, Coleman Creek is a hidden landscape with adjacent green space that runs throughout the length of the campus. The 2005 Campus Master Plan Update highlighted the area as a missed opportunity; a restored and accessible natural amenity of this significance, planners said, would be the envy of many a university. Coleman Creek could serve as the centerpiece of the campus and as a natural resource to the community.
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By demolishing unusable buildings and parking lots, UALR - along with numerous partners - hopes to begin the gradual de-urbanization of the Coleman Creek area. We welcome you to write to the Coleman Creek Committee and share both your experiences with Coleman Creek and your suggestions for the Greenway.