Conway, AR

Location

Conway, the county seat of Faulkner County, is located in Central Arkansas, 30 miles north of Little Rock on Interstate 40. Other major highways serving Conway are US highways 64 and 65.  Conway is nearly equidistant from the four corners of the state. Arkansas, the northeastern of the four states comprising the West South Central area (Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas), lies on the western bank of the Mississippi River and is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Louisiana. This central location makes Conway a moor distribution and service center for the Central Arkansas population.  Within a 500 mile radius there are 17 states and 24 metropolitan areas which include over a third of the nation�s population.

Major nearby cities include Little Rock, 30 miles southeast; Kansas City, 405 miles northwest; Atlanta, 523 miles east; New Orleans, 437 miles south; Oklahoma City, 348 miles northwest; Dallas, 307 miles Southwest; St Louis, 360 miles northeast and Memphis, 139 mile northeast.

Population

The total population of the city of Conway is over 65,782 according to the most recent census. The population of Faulkner County is 123,654 according to the most recent census.  The city of Conway and Faulkner County are classified among the fastest growing areas in Arkansas. 

Education

Conway ranks at the top of the class when it comes to offering its residents quality education. The areas educational needs are served by the public school system, a parochial school system, private church affiliated schools, two colleges and one university. 

The Conway School District has eight (K-5)

Elementary schools: Carolyn Lewis, Ellen Smith, Florence Mattison, Ida Burns, Julia Lee Moore, Woodrow Cummins, Marguerite Vann, Jim Stone and Theodore Jones.

Secondary schools: Courtway, Career Center, Carl Stuart, Conway Junior High, Conway High, Ruth Doyle and Simon. 

Information regarding the Conway, AR school district can be found at www.conwayschools.org. The district also serves students and adults of Conway and surrounding districts through an area Vocational Education Center located at the Conway High West campus complex.

Basic literacy services and GED preparation are offered at the Conway Adult Education Center.

Conway Private Schools

Conway also has a private school, St. Joseph School. It is fully accredited at all levels (Kindergarten through 12th grade) by the Arkansas Nonpublic Schools Accrediting Association (ANSAA) - which is affiliated with the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations and approved by the United States Office of

Education. St. Joseph School is the first K-12 program in Arkansas to receive this certification.  Also, Conway Christian is a part of the Arkansas Baptist School System.

Higher Education

University of Central Arkansas - Originally established as Arkansas State Normal School in 1907; UCA later changed its name to Arkansas State Teachers College. In 1967 it became the State College of Arkansas and in 1975 it gained university status and became the University of Central Arkansas. (Phone: 501-450-5000)  UCA has an enrollment of approximately 11,754 students.

Hendrix College - Hendrix College is a co-educational, four-year, liberal arts college, which was founded in 1876 in Altus, Arkansas, it has been associated with the Methodist Church since 1884. Hendrix moved to Conway in 1890. An undergraduate community of approximately 1,328 students, the college is a recognized leader among independent colleges in America. Hendrix offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in 23 majors. (Phone: 501-329-6811)

Central Baptist College - Central Baptist College, formerly Central College, was established in 1952. It is sponsored by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas. CBC offers Associate of Arts degrees in Business, Education,

General Education, Mathematics, Music, Office Administration, Pastoral Studies and Religious Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Bible with emphasis in Missions, Pastoral Studies and Religious Education and a Bachelor of Science in Church Music and Youth Ministries. (Phone: 501-329-6872)

There are also numerous colleges in Little Rock 31 miles southeast of Conway, offering a variety of degrees. 

Things to See and Do

Laurel Park sits on acres that rest between Robinson Avenue and Prince Street across from Conway High School West Campus in Central Conway. This park includes a large state-of-the-art playground, three basketball goals, four fenced and lighted tennis courts and one soccer field. In addition this park includes one pavilion, one large restroom, a 7/10 mile jogging track and three small parking lots.

Gatlin Park is located on Tyler Street in Central Conway.  Its 13 acres include one lighted basketball court, two fenced and lighted tennis courts and one playground. This park also consists of two large parking areas and ample green space.

Curtis Walker Park includes 15 acres which are located just east of The Conway Human Development Center off of Siebenmorgen Road in East Conway. It consists of one lighted baseball field, two basketball courts, a playground area and one large parking area.  This park also includes a lighted youth football field with a concession and restroom area.

Airport Park includes 6 acres off of 6th Street, located across from Conway Municipal Airport in East Conway.  It consists of one softball field, a playground, one basketball goal and three large parking areas. 

Bainbridge Park consists of 6 acres located at the end of Kensington Street in West Conway. It includes one pavilion, three basketball goals, a small playground and a large parking area. This park is also an entrance to the Tucker Creek Walking/Bike Trail.

Tucker Creek Walking/Bike Trail sits on 30 acres which lies between Salem Road and Reedy Road in West Conway. This trail is 1.2 miles long and runs east and west along Tucker Creek. It is paved and lighted and has benches along the way. Off the Salem Road entrance there is a large parking area and one large pavilion. The trail can also be accessed from Bainbridge Park with its large parking area.

Lake Conway - At 6,700 acres, Lake Conway is the largest Game and Fish Commission lake and offers some of the best bass, catfish, crappie and bream fishing anywhere. The Game and Fish Commission maintains several free public launch areas and boat rental is available at commercial docks.