Saturday, September 22, 2007

Jones Center for Families: Springdale, Arkansas

The Jones Center for Families is located at the intersection of Emma Street and Hwy 265 in Springdale, Arkansas. It was established by Harvey and Bernice Jones of JTL truck lines. It has a skating rink, gym, and indoor pool. There are meeting rooms, some with kitchens attached, a computer center and a play ground area. The cost of admission at this wonderful facility is good conduct.

They have the only regulation size ice arena in the area. Skates and lockers are free as well. You’ll need to bring your own lock for the locker. The rink is open year round and it’s as cold in the summer as it is in the winter so bring a coat, hat and gloves even if it is hot outside. If someone in your party would prefer to watch instead of skate they have the option of standing on the concourse looking through the windows or there are bleachers. The bleachers are inside the rink and it’s cold so they’ll need winter gear as well. You must call ahead to reserve tickets as they do have a limit on the number of people who can be on the ice at any given time. There are two sessions each afternoon each lasting 1 ½ hours each. Call 479-756-8090 ext. 101 to reserve your free tickets. You can pick them up at the desk in the main lobby.

So you don’t skate? Then maybe you’d like to take a swim. The Jones Center for Families also has an indoor pool, with a slide and a wading pool for the little ones. There is also an Olympic sized pool for lane swimming. If your kids are under 9 the must be accompanied by someone 15 or older, swim diapers are required where necessary and only proper swim attire is allowed. There are large dressing rooms, showers and lockers. Locker keys are available at the desk near the locker rooms. You will be expected to leave your car keys with the staff to ensure the return of the locker key. There are two sessions every afternoon and four on Saturday. If you haven’t picked up your tickets by the time the session starts they will give them away, so be on time. Tickets can be picked up in the main lobby.

In the food court a cafĂ© is open for limited hours. There are also vending machines. Ample tables are provided and it’s okay to bring in a picnic lunch or take out. Lots of people have birthday parties here as well. Large windows overlook the pool area if you choose to host a swimming party.

If you’d like to plan non profit event at the Jones Center or even a family reunion or wedding shower, they have free meeting rooms. Some of them are equipped with restaurant style kitchens. There also have audio/visual equipment that can be reserved. It’s a perfect place for a get together.

If you’re planning a trip to Northwest Arkansas, don’t miss a trip to the Jones Center for Families, in Springdale Arkansas. Your Ozark travel plans wouldn't be complete without it. They have so much to offer and it won’t cost you a dime. Only good behavior.

Have a great trip!

The Harvey and Bernice Jones Center for Families
Driving directions to the Jones Center for Families
Ice rink hours and policies
Swimming Pool hours and policies
Contact the Jones Center for Families

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