LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Full Moon Walk happened at the Big Dam Bridge Sunday night.
In its fourth year, the Full Moon Walk has a new home with organizers from Ozark Mission Project (OMP), a local nonprofit organization. The Full Moon Walk is a free event that aims to bring together the communities of central Arkansas and highlight the beauty and functionality of the Big Dam Bridge. The event happened Sunday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Past organizers, the Big Dam Bridge Foundation, have awarded a grant to OMP to organize this year's event. The past three years the event has been successful, drawing more than 1,500 at the 2012 event.
"We are thrilled to have received this grant and to have the chance to organize an event that brings over 1,500 central Arkansans together for a fun, family-friendly nighttime walk," said Patty Sims, Full Moon Walk chairperson. "We have this amazing resource in our backyard, and we are excited to show attendees how to use it as a safe, fun, and beautiful place for the whole family to enjoy."
To connect this local event with residents of the entire state, OMP has partnered with the Arkansas Rice Depot to collect non-perishable items that will be used by multiple soup kitchens and food pantries to ensure every Arkansan has the opportunity to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. The Arkansas Rice Depot works with more than 650 schools and 300 food pantries across the state. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable items and drop them off at the collection stations.
"I am excited to see OMP's reach expand within the central Arkansas community and the entire state," said Bailey Faulkner, OMP Executive Director. "The partnership with Arkansas Rice Depot allows us to put Thanksgiving dinners on the tables of our neighboring Arkansans who might otherwise go without."
The Full Moon Walk featured special guest Craig O'Neill, a light show, health-minded refreshments and t-shirts available for purchase. A shuttle service was provided on both sides of the river: Murray Park in Little Rock; Crystal Hill Elementary in North Little Rock. The walk began simultaneously from both sides of the bridge. Participants walked over to the other side and back for a total of 1.8 miles on the lit Big Dam Bridge.
Pets, bicycles, skateboards and skates/rollerblades were not allowed on the bridge. Strollers and wheelchairs were welcome.
For more information, visit BigDamBridge.org.