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Some old military ordnance has been found at Burns Park in North Little Rock.
The discovery was made in mid-February during construction of natural hiking and bicycle trails.
Workers found three old artillery rounds, one mortar, and one fuse near the main Boy Scout trail head located southwest of Interstate 40, south of J. K. Poch Drive, and north of the RV Park.
The North Little Rock Police and Fire Departments, along with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team for the Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB) worked together to ensure the items were stable before removing them to LRAFB.
The area where they were found is temporarily closed for assessment.
Burns Park was once part of Camp Robinson/Camp Pike and Fort Roots before the city bought 870 acres in 1949 to create the park. Another 656 acres was added from the Fort Roots Reservation in 1956.
Military relics, including munitions, have been found at Burns Park before, but last month's find is the greatest concentration of munitions yet uncovered.
Records have been requested from the government to determine the past use of the site to aid in the assessment of the area.
While Burns Park officials say in its 60-year history there has never been an accidental detonation of abandoned military ordnance there, they urge visitors to understand the risks associated with old military ordnance and to call police if any are found.
A search of the area by park personnel has not turned up any other munitions, but until an assessment is complete, visitors are advised to stay on designated trails and to remember no digging or fires are allowed.
UPDATE: Talked with Jeff Keplinger of NLR parks a few minutes ago. He said the affected trails have signs posted. The general area that ordnance have been found are north of Arlene Layman and south of I-40, not including the Yellow Trail/Wooden Bridge area. Additionally, he said that if a geocacher were to see something that looks out of place (even a cache that is not a geocache from geocaching.com) BACK OFF, mark it on the GPSr, and give him (501) 791-8545 or the police a call.
Mar 31, 2011 - 11:47 AM - by BSA534
We thank everyone who has participated in our monthly contest over the past 7 months. Its been a lot of fun coming up with new challenges and we hope you've had a lot of fun meeting them. But as with all good things, its time for the contest to end.
But don't worry, the Member Relations Committee is busy coming up with new and challenging contests to help keep everyone busy over the next few months. If you'd like to give us some ideas, we'd love to hear them, or better yet, join our committee and give us a hand!
Watch this space for announcements of new contests and games.
Member Relations Liasion
S.W.A.G. (Southwest Arkansas Geocachers) is hosting three events the first weekend of April. We would love to see everyone there!!!
GC2MP8H- Twas' the Night before Swagville- Friday, April 1, 2011- For those in the area or have already arrived, we are planning a meet and eat at Charlie's Pizza Pub. We plan on starting the gathering at 6:00 p.m., but if you are running a little later don't worry - just come join the FUN. The menu is pizza and sandwiches, but you are not required to purchase a meal to attend. Just please don't bring food into the restaurant from other locations. This event is planned to give those arriving early an extra opportunity to swap some geocaching stories - so bring your best ones and come on over.
GC2MN1M- Fooling Around Swagville-Saturday, April 2, 2011- This year is it Fooling Around Swagville that awaits you with all the fun of last year plus a few new twists. Plans are in the works for 50+ new caches to be placed and published the week of the event. The 2nd Annual S.W.A.G. Event will take place in Jesseville from 8:59 to 2:11 p.m. There will be a special area set up for the younger cachers with toys, books, games, and movies to keep them entertained and happy.
You will have the morning to participate in the plethora of activities before enjoying a meal at 12:02 p.m. Bar-b-que plate with the fixin's catered by Home Plate Diner will be available for $7.00 per person if you wish to eat at the event. You are welcome to bring you own, or head on out for your meal, also but we need a head count for those wishing a meal from the caterer. Please post by March 27, 2011, if you plan on purchasing a meal and how many. There is no cost to attend the event of course but prize donations are very welcomed. Invite your friends, muggles, cachers, neighbors and even a few enemies to have a great time in Swagville with the S.W.A.G. gang.
A few of the planned activities include:
<>Travel Bug and Geocoins<>
<>S.W.A.G. Scavenger Hunt<>
<>LOL- Caching Hayride<>
<>Arkgeo Merchandise and Information<>
GC2MN2D- Swagville After Dark- Saturday, April 2, 2011- For an even better time in Cacheville, stick around for the whoop-t-do that is going on after dark. Whether you have been in Cacheville and it's suburbs all day or just making it in for the bonfire there is plenty of fun to be had. The festivities will begin about 6:00 pm. with a bonfire along iwth hotdogs and marshmellows. The SWAG members are putting together a nighttime caching adventure. Make sure to have your flashlight on hand for this night caching experience.Come enjoy an evening of geocache story swapping good 'ole time.
Feb 24, 2011 - 11:37 PM - by Gaddiel
10th Anniversary of the First Ever Event
by Central Texas Geocachers
Howdy from Central Texas!
The first ever caching event was held in Austin in March, 2001. We’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first ever event on the weekend of March 25, 2011, and we’d love to have you join us. Visit our website for more information: http://www.geocachingaustin.com
We’ve got a great suite of celebration activities planned:
* caching games
* exhibit booths
* kids activities
* swag, swag, swag!
* lots of gorgeous Central Texas caches new and old
* several event caches
We’re sending this email to the top cachers in Arkansas, in the hopes that you’ll be able to attend. Please forward our invitation to other cachers who you know would be interested.
John aka "thenkengrene"
Central Texas Geocachers
Feb 22, 2011 - 1:59 PM - by BSA534
The Quapaw Area Council is holding it's 2011 Camporee is at Crowley's Ridge State Park on March 5th and has asked ArkGeo to come out and help teach the scouts about geocaching. There will probably be around 700 Scouts there that day.
We will need help setting up, hiding some caches, and showing the Scouts how to use the gps units. We'll also need any extra gps units we can get. So come on out and give us a hand teaching these great young men about the wonderful sport of geocaching. Activities begin at 9 so let's meet at the Visitor's Center at 8 am so we can have time to get our booth set up and some temporary caches put out. We should be done by noon. Looking forward to a great day with the Scouts and hope to see everyone there.
For more info please contact BSA534 or visit GC2P2CM
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