Frisco Springs Trail to Lake Atalanta
A love of the area’s natural beauty has long been a
tradition in the city of Rogers, and the city’s trail system
honors that tradition. The first official Rogers trail was
developed in 1995 but likely existed in some form long
before. The existence of the city of Rogers is often
attributed to the fact that it became a stop for the Frisco
Railroad, and the decision to make it a railroad stop was
based on the springs that provided water needed by the
locomotives. Those springs are located along the city’s
first official trail.
The trail today includes historical markers for the Pump
Spring that supplied that water and the Diamond Spring which
served as the city’s water source until 1970.
The Frisco Springs Trail, part of the Lake Atalanta Trail
system, was officially built with a federal grant in 1995
for expansion and development of Frisco Park. A ¾- mile
trail was developed from Frisco Park in downtown Rogers to
the east end of Poplar Street where it changes to a natural
surface trail that meanders down the hillside to Lake
Atalanta in a 300-foot change in elevation.
Rogers Greenway and Trails System
The effort to build walking trails in Rogers had a big
upswing in June of 2005 when the Rogers City Council voted
to approve the Rogers Greenway and Trails Master Plan. The
plan calls for a 60-mile trail system looping through the
city and stretching from corner to corner. A $1 million
matching grant from the Walton Family Foundation for
development of the trail system announced that same month
helped the plan become reality.
The Rogers Greenways & Trails Committee, a citizen advisory
committee organized by the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of
Commerce, helped oversee development of the Trails Master
Plan. The committee continues to meet, making decisions
about amenities, planning trail-related events and advising
the city on trail issues.