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Whether you're looking for a great fishing destination, a once-in-a-lifetime trophy elk or whitetail deer hunt or just want to take in the great outdoors for a few days, Foreman is the perfect place to do it!

Southwest Arkansas and Foreman are known for their prize game and fish. It's a sportsman's paradise.Southwest Arkansas and Foreman are known for their prize game and fish. It's a sportsman's paradise.

The area's unspoiled natural surroundings and miles of river and lake shoreline make Southwest Arkansas one of the best kept secrets in the 'Natural State'. And Foreman sits right in the middle of it all!

At less than 20 miles off Interstate 30, Foreman makes a wonderful small town excursion during RV trips. Take in some shopping in old downtown, stop by the museum for an interesting look at the areas pioneering history or just enjoy the view as you pass through for lunch at one of the local diners.

Foreman is full of friendly folks, and we're always happy to talk to strangers!

So take time to discover the road less traveled... discover Foreman.

 
Patience pays off. Foreman is getting a new water tower!
Foreman's new water tower during construction.With the base set, the main stack for the new water tower is carefully hoisted into place.More than a decade after officially voting to replace it's old, dilapidated water tower, Foreman residents will soon be drinking from a brand new tank. After evaluating it for upgrades and maintenance over 11 years ago, the city council then determined the old water tower would be less costly to replace than renovate. Since that time, the tower has stood largely unchanged receiving only essential maintenance to ensure safety and water quality. However, the exterior could not be painted because it was coated in older, lead-based paint which, according to State and Federal regulations, would have entailed an enormous cost to strip and dispose of properly. So, the old tank stood in disrepair as the city worked to save money and secure funding for a new one.
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Officials break ground for Foreman park facility

By Jud Powell Staff Reporter Little River News
Story reprinted by permission of Little River News

Ground Breaking CeremonyForeman’s new recreational park will be located four blocks north of downtown and east of Hwy. 41 at the northwest edge of Foreman.

Officials started the physical portion of a new 43-acre recreation park in Foreman on Wednesday morning, Oct. 9, with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by State Sen. Barbara Horn, D-Ark., Teton Industrial Construction Company Civil Superintendent Jeff Henry, former State Rep. Ken Cowling, D-Ark., and Foreman Recreation Park Commissioner Teresa Woods,  as well as a number of other local community leaders.

Teton is one of several subcontractors that worked on the recent Ash Grove Cement plant expansion, and their donation is part of its community involvement initiative that seeks to give back to the communities in which they have been privileged to work.

“I have nothing but free time as far as this project is concerned,” Henry said.“I been with this project for over two months and the company has donated 5,100 concrete blocks for construction of restrooms, the concession stand and a multipurpose building at the park.”

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More of the great outdoors is coming to town

Foreman officials have been very busy lately with several new projects.  One of the most exciting is the recent announcement that the city has obtained funds to develop approximately 40 acres on North Malden Street for a city park.  Foreman announces plans for new park!Foreman announces plans for new park!The new park project is the result of the efforts of several area individuals.  Special recognition is due State Senator Barbara Horn and former State Representative Ken Cowling who both worked diligently to help secure more than $400,000 for the project.  Total funds include a $220,000 grant from Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, a $48,300 grant from the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Program and a $150,000 grant from the State General Improvement fund.

The monies will be used to develop the land, which the city already owns, for use as the city's outdoor recreation area.  Along with beautiful landscaping and lots of trees, the new park will feature playground equipment, a picnic area and a baseball/softball field.  The addition of a second ball field for city use is particularly exciting as it is one of the requirements for hosting the annual state softball tournament.  Foreman's own Lady Gators have won the state tournament five years in a row, and city residents are eager to now be able to bid to host the competition that they have dominated for so long.

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Storm Warning System Tests Get New Schedule
Effective immediately, the Foreman Early Storm Warning System will be tested only on the first Wednesday of each month at noon. This brief test will be conducted only on days that are clear and free from inclement weather in the area. Please don’t be alarmed by these brief tests. In the event a storm is in the area and imminent danger is present, the warning system will continue to sound until the threat has passed.
 
New community center gets official funding

Foreman residents will soon be able to enjoy a new, fully appointed community center thanks in part to a $250,000 grant provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also commonly known as the federal stimulus bill.  The funds were approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program administered by the grants division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC).

The new community center will be located in the old city hall building which also once served as a car dealership before being purchased by the city.  City Hall operations, which included a public computer lab, were forced to evacuate the building after flooding caused extensive damage.  Although the city hall was relocated, the public computer lab could not be replaced, and the original structure remained in the city's possession as officials hoped to one day renovate and redevelop it for public use.  With the news of the block grant award, that hope will soon become a reality.

In addition to a large forum suitable for meetings and other public functions, the center will also house a brand-new computer lab to replace the previous one lost in the flood.

No definitive completion date has been given, but plans are now underway to start work on the project with construction set to begin in the near future.

 
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