Arvest Bank recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Arvest Pavilion in Prairie Grove, Ark.

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The park-type space at 150 E. Buchanan represents a $220,000-plus investment in the community and replaces the former Arvest drive-thru facility at that location, which is across the street from Mock Park and Magnolia Coffee House. Arvest will continue to maintain an onsite ATM.

“This project has been on our radar since we opened our new branch on Heritage Parkway and we are so pleased that it is complete,” said Donny Story, president for Arvest in the Fayetteville region. “Our goal all along was to create a park-like space to add value to downtown Prairie Grove, while maintaining the ATM as a service to customers in the area.

“We believe this is a wonderful and unique space for the community to enjoy. It’s also a reflection of our commitment to making Prairie Grove a better place to live, work and play.”

The space features a brick paver area with benches bordered by a large boulder retaining wall and surrounded by a landscape bed filled with Limelight hydrangeas. There also are four covered picnic tables and a large “Welcome to Historic Downtown Prairie Grove” sign. The entrance and three new parking spaces are accessible from Buchanan Street on the south side.

We hope to continue to improve the space with additional landscaping over time and in the near future hope to have free Wi-Fi for the space.