The new Pig Trail Kart N Golf amusement park has been weeded, mowed, refurbished, groomed and spiffed up. The go-kart race track has been scrubbed clean. The Formula One racing go-karts are tuned up and raring to go. The miniature golf greens have had new putting surfaces installed.
Nine months of work was completed inside of 33 days. The park has regained ― if not surpassed ― its former glory.
"We rode up here on the bike, and I had never seen anything as beautiful as the hills here, and I just fell in love with this town," says Nicole Cash.
Al Cash has a background in starting and running businesses, plus a background in motorcycles, so the go-kart operation was a natural for him. He said he's visited Eureka Springs for nearly two decades and has made many great friendships here.
He first tried to buy the overgrown Fun Spot amusement park three years ago, but couldn't reach a deal with the previous owner ― until this year, when he and Nicole closed on the property in June, moved here immediately, and went to work with a passion. Their hard work has paid off handsomely.
"The landscaping and the way the go-kart track is laid out really intrigued me because I love racing," Cash says. He added that they currently have big plans for additional improvements: In place of the waterslide, a new dirt track for the Sprint cars is on the drawing board; zipline rides, black-light golf, and a 740-seat outdoor ampitheater is also being planned.
They will also open a coffee shop complete with espresso, serve snacks and pizza, open a leather shop, expand the arcade game room (to eventually include virtual reality games) and re-open the batting cages over the next several weeks.
The Cashes say they are intent on focusing on providing a safe place for family friendly fun.
"We offer good clean family fun. We have zero tolerance for drugs or alcohol; if we find it, they are asked to leave immediately," Cash explained.
Nicole Cash noted that Pig Trail Kart N Golf will stay open year-round. "We're hoping to bring more families here all through the season and during the winter as well," she said.
The local economic impact is impressive too. The operation has brought 20 new jobs to Eureka Springs, and likely will add more as it grows in the future.
Mike Bishop, president and CEO of the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, said the Cashes have taken a huge step forward to helping revitalize Eureka Springs.
"We're very ecstatic that they are here," he said. "Al and Nicole and their entire staff have done a fantastic job in cleaning the property up after the business had been closed for many years."
Bishop says Pig Trail Kart N Golf fills the gap in town and will re-energize local efforts of gearing attractions toward family entertainment.
"Their business is a key element in keeping kids and families entertained when they visit Eureka Springs," Bishop stated. "And Pig Trail Kart N Golf is just a fantastic addition to the many things we already have here."
Pig Trail Kart N Golf is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays except Thursdays, when it is closed. The phone number for more information is (479) 363-6646. It is located at 3173 E. Van Buren in Eureka Springs, across U.S. Highway 62 from the Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down Theater.
The business will offer birthday party packages and group rentals. To learn more about pricing and booking, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.