The city of Shirley announces the launch of a new website featuring the town, its history, recreational opportunities, city services, school, local businesses, and events. The website, located at www.shirleyarkansas.org, is framed around the town’s history and heritage with a focus on the natural assets of the area.
It is these natural assets that provide an impressive array of recreational opportunities to promote on the website including primitive camping, canoeing, boating, horseback riding, hiking, walking, fishing, ATVing, rodeoing, and playing on the new playground or softball/baseball fields.
Shirley celebrated its 100th birthday last year and opened a Centennial Museum to collect and display history and artifacts from the area. The town’s beginning, spawned by the railroad, and its landmark railroad bridge are topics of both the museum and website. The website posts the hours the museum is open and staffed by volunteers as well as a list of publications available for sale. The sales proceeds help pay the operational costs of the museum.
Shirley Mayor Johnny Sowell said, “I feel like the website will help with tourism and promote local businesses and also keep people informed.”
To submit content for the website, including local business listings, email a request for participant form to Melissa Worthing at [email protected]
The website was designed at no charge to the city by Rural Community Alliance, a nonprofit member-based organization that promotes and assists small towns and schools. The Shirley website is part of a larger project called Ozark Byways that includes thirteen rural communities in north central Arkansas. The regional website at www.ozarkbyways.com promotes the region and provides a link to websites of participating communities.
Rural Community Alliance Executive Director Renee Carr gathered the content for the Shirley website while staff webmaster Matt Grandon designed the logo and website. Carr said, “I hope the website fosters community pride and spotlights historic preservation efforts while also providing new opportunities for the town of Shirley.” For more information about Rural Community Alliance or to become a member, visit www.thenewrural.org.