Centerton: Quality Of Life Keeps Up With Growing Population (Quality of Life | Honorable Mention 5,000-20,000)
Posted 12/10/2012 12:00 am
Updated 5 months ago
The quality of life, like the population, is on the rise in Centerton.
Located just west of Bentonville on Highway 102 in Benton County, Centerton is one of the fastest growing communities in Arkansas. In the decade spanning 2000-2010, the town’s population grew from roughly 2,300 to more than 9,500. That’s an increase of 433 percent.
Of course, the city’s location in the growing, thriving hub of northwest Arkansas isn’t likely to diminish its growth potential, but Centerton has done some things on its own to improve the quality of life of its residents. Those efforts have earned it recognition as a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction honorable mention for quality of life.
Over the past year, Centerton has been busy. Highway 102 is being widened to five lanes, and Mayor Bill Edwards said in addition to several new businesses relocating to Centerton, more than 100 residential building permits have been issued as of October 2012.
“We are growing for sure,” he said.
Edwards attributed the growth to a strong sense of community.
“We try and hold at least one community event each month to get the people together,” he said, noting the city’s inclusion on Bloomburg’s 2012 list of “best places to raise children.”
Centerton’s quality-of-life initiatives begun over the last year have included:
- A new public baseball/softball complex
- A community lake with a natural bridge and walking trail
- Remodel of existing public parks
- A new Farmers Market
- An expanded Centerton Day celebration
- New spring and fall festivals
- A Christmas parade
- An annual chili supper.
In addition, the city rehabilitated City Park, tearing down a gazebo that was falling apart and replacing it with a bigger and better one able to host events throughout the year.
Edwards said it all boils down to Centerton residents wanting to improve their community.
“I’m proud of the accomplishments we’ve made over the past year or so,” he said. “We look forward to keeping our city moving forward.”