North Little Rock locals recognized at state tourism awards

On February 26, 2019, the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism concluded with the annual Henry Awards, where organizations and individuals across the state are recognized for their contributions to the tourism industry.

Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA), an organization that has had a significant impact on tourism in North Little Rock, was nominated and won the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. The award is presented annually to a community, individual or organization that through outstanding volunteer spirit has made a substantial contribution to Arkansas’s tourism industry.

In North Little Rock, CATA has done extensive work on the Arkansas River Trail, trails in Burns Park, Emerald Park and has worked closely with property managers at Camp Robinson to improve access to the CARP Trails on the Army National Guard at Robinson Maneuver Training Center.

Also nominated for an award was the beautiful Edgemont House, a 1927 Spanish Colonial home recently bought and renovated by landscape designer Chris H. Olsen that has become one of the most popular private event venues in North Little Rock. It was nominated for the Arkansas Heritage Award, which is presented annually to an individual, organization or community that has made a significant contribution toward the preservation of some aspect of Arkansas’s natural, cultural or aesthetic legacy. Though the award ultimately went to George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, the nomination is itself a great honor.

Linda Sue Sanders and Chris H. Olsen, The Edgemont House