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Fort Smith is gearing up for an action-packed Memorial Day weekend, with the opening at Parrot Island Waterpark, a downtown color dash 5k, bull riding, mutton-busting, parade-watching and so much more.Find out more, right here.

Memorial Day weekend happenings

Memorial Day weekend 2015 promises to be exceptionally fun but, first, we remember the purpose of Memorial Day.

Sunday, we pause to honor the men and women of the armed forces who died serving our nation. It's the Mayor's annual Memorial Day Service, 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Fort Smith National Cemetery.

Also this weekend, the water park residents of Fort Smith and Sebastian County have been requesting for many years will throw open its gates to fun! Parrot Island Waterpark opens to the public on Saturday. Check the website for pricing information, special events, and discounts. Like the Parrot Island Facebook page for more current information about what’s happening daily, and check out the parrot’s Instagram feed

All the Western Heritage Month events we’ve enjoyed through May are reaching maximum velocity this weekend, as the Old Fort Days Rodeo brings us a week of thrills and spills at Harper Stadium.

The second annual color dash run through downtown Fort Smith is set for Monday morning. Check the run’s official Facebook page for information on how to register, and more. The color dash formally kicks off the rodeo parade, so come downtown a little early and cheer on your favorite runner before you watch one of the best annual parades in the region. It all starts at 10:00 a.m. If you can’t join us downtown, watch the live stream, courtesy The Marshal KFPW-AM 1230.

Here’s a pretty awesome schedule for all the cool things happening the rest of the month. You can also follow TTDIFS or the Western Heritage Month Facebook page.

Fun in our city parks

Creekmore Park
Pool hours
Saturday – 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday – 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday – 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Steam engine Memorial weekend hours
Monday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Splash pad at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
Open all day, 7 days a week – starting Saturday

Park at West End Memorial weekend hours
Friday – 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAY

Memorial Day holiday impacts

The Department of Sanitation's residential trash, yard waste, and recyclables collection scheduled for Monday, May 25 will be collected on Wednesday, May 27.

The Fort Smith Regional Sanitary Landfill will be open to the public at from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Memorial Day.

On Memorial Day, Fort Smith Transit will only provide limited demand response service - no fixed routes will operate. All rides will be $3. Schedule May 25 rides in advance through the Transit department by noon, Friday, May 22. at 479.783.6464. Hearing-impaired passengers may communicate via Arkansas Relay Services by dialing 7-1-1.

Additionally, May 22 is a Free Ride Friday! All passenger trips are free of charge Friday, May 22.

Emergency services are, as always, available through 9-1-1.

For utility-related emergencies, call 479.784.2342.

Citizens are encouraged to utilize our award-winning app - myAddress online or via Android or Apple smartphones to report non-emergency issues on city property. “Because 9 to 5 is so yesterday.“

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