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Bentonville Community Center Grand Opening

Posted: June 02 2015

Press Release
Bentonville Community Center Grand Opening

Contact:  Bentonville Parks and Recreation 

Phone:    (479) 464-7275    

June 1, 2015

Bentonville, AR…Bentonville Parks and Recreation is thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of the Bentonville Community Center this Saturday, June 6th. According to Parks and Recreation Director David Wright, “The Bentonville Community Center allows our department to be more comprehensive and diverse in the programs we offer. We can now offer recreational, aquatic and fitness programming twelve months per year. I hope our community finds the Community Center to be a fun place for the entire family.” 

We invite the public to join us for a day to celebrate the completion of the Epicenter of Fun!

Schedule of Events

The Grand Opening Celebration will kick off at 11:00am with live music, food, and inflatables outside of the facility. At noon, the official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will take place. Throughout the day, Bentonville Parks and Recreation will provide a look at the different recreational, aquatic and fitness programming offered at the Community Center. This includes a swim meet hosted by the NWAA Sharks, fitness classes, musical performances and theatrical performance presented by the Classical Edge Theatre Company. The family leisure pool will open to members at 3:00pm. Non-Members will have the opportunity to purchase their membership or a day pass ($5 for residents/$6 for non-residents) on Saturday. The Community Center is located at 1101 SW Citizens Circle.

11:00am      Music, Food, & Inflatables Begin

12:00pm      Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

1:00pm       Sharks Relay Swim Meet in Competitive Pool
                     Pickin’ Acoustical in Citizens Lounge
                     CORE Fitness Classes in the Fitness Studio

1:30pm       CORE Fitness Classes in the Fitness Studio

2:00pm       Classical Edge Theatre Company Performance
                     BARRE Fitness Class in the Fitness Studio

2:30pm       Zumba in the Fitness Studio

3:00pm       Leisure Pool Opens for Open Swim
                     Core Strength in the Fitness Studio

3:30pm       Yoga in the Fitness Studio

Facility Information

The Bentonville Community Center is an 84,000 square foot facility designed to serve residents of all ages and interests. The zero depth entry family leisure pool features several water slides, an adventure river, play structures, and lap swim lanes.  A pool party room is available for reservations.  The Aquatic Center also includes a 25x25 competitive pool with 8 lap swim lanes and 3 diving boards. This pool will host swim & dive meets for teams including the Bentonville Parks & Recreation Swim Team, Bentonville & Bentonville West High School, and the NWAA Sharks. The Bentonville Community Center also features a fitness center with over 45 pieces of cardio equipment as well as state of the art TechnoGym strength equipment. Over 60 classes are hosted in our dance/aerobics studio each week.

Additionally, the 6,315 square foot community room provides the perfect space to host any event. The room includes a stage, dance floor, and catering kitchen, making it ideal for a wedding reception or a family reunion. Available for reservations, this room can be divided into three separate rooms, creating a great place for a meeting or small group gathering.

For more information on reserving rooms, please drop by the Community Center, or visit playbentonville.com

Other amenities include a gymnasium, indoor running track, arts & craft room, Kids Center, a senior activity area, lounge and more. The facility is located in the 35 acre Citizens Park, which includes multi-purpose sports fields and an amphitheater.


The final construction cost for the Bentonville Community Center is $16,381,594. Funding for this project came from multiple sources. The project was funded in part by the bond referendum approved by taxpayers in 2007; parks and recreation impact fees, and general sales tax revenue. In addition, this project includes many partners who contributed significant funding. See list below of outside funding:

Private Funding or Contributions:
             Walton Family Foundation                                $2,000,000
             Walmart Foundation                                          $1,000,000
             Bentonville Public Schools                               $1,000,000
             Bentonville Advertising and Promotions        $1,000,000
            Care Foundation                                                  $1,000,000

Facility Hours of Operation

General operating hours for the Bentonville Community Center are as follows:

Monday-Thursday 5:00am-9:00pm
Friday 5:00am-7:00pm
Saturday 7:00am-7:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm


The Family Leisure pool, Competitive pool, and Kids Center operate during specialized hours:

Family Leisure Pool Open Swim

Monday 12:00pm-7:00pm
Tuesday 12:00pm-7:00pm
Wednesday 12:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm-7:00pm
Friday 12:00pm-6:30pm
Saturday 12:00pm-6:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm-5:30pm

Competitive Pool Lap Swim

Monday-Thursday 5:30am-8:00am; 11:30am-1:00pm; 5:00 pm-7:00pm
Friday 5:30am-8:00am; 11:30am-1:00pm
Saturday 7:00am-10:00am; 12:00 pm-6:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm-5:30pm


Competitive Pool Open Swim

Saturday 12:00pm-6:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm-5:30pm


Kids Center

Monday-Friday 8:00am-12:00pm; 3:00 pm-7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm

Membership Information

There are several membership options available for purchase at the Community Center including annual, monthly, and multiple admission passes. Daily passes are also available for purchase. Your membership with the Community Center includes unlimited access to facilities and wellness classes at the Community Center, Downtown Activity Center, and Melvin Ford Aquatic Center.

Membership Fees



Multiple* Annual* Monthly*
Adults $5/$6 $75/$85 $200/$250 $19/$23
Youth $5$/6 $53/$60 $125/$160 $13/$15
Seniors $5/$6 $53/$60 $125/$160 $13/$15
Family     $425/$465 $38/$43


For more information, please contact The Bentonville Community Center at (479)696-0200 or visit www.playbentonville.com.