Butterfield’s campus is known for its verdant open spaces, the majestic old oaks towering above the Joyce Boulevard border of the Village – and the many, many patios opening up to green courtyards and shade trees that provide homes for wildlife. Those who call Butterfield home treasure these natural environments and find plenty of reasons to take in the fresh air and sunshine.
When asked to share favorite outdoor spots, residents described options ranging from quiet, private spaces to public locations designed for social engagement, as well as places created to inspire physical activity.
Mud Creek Trail
Butterfield enjoys a prime location for those who like to be on the move. A direct access point to the 2.35-mile Mud Creek Trail allows active residents easy connection to the 37.5-mile Razorback Greenway trail system that spans from south Fayetteville to Bella Vista.
Lyle Gohn enthusiastically describes his favorite outdoor space, “Walking, biking, running, strolling, relaxing, greeting and chatting with old friends or strangers, viewing nature, wildlife or listening to the rippling stream – these are the reasons I love the trail! We at Butterfield are so fortunate to have the paved, safe trail literally in our backyards and accessible for all residents, including those using a scooter, wheelchair or walking sticks.”
Ellis and Kay Melton’s Village Home Sunroom
A comfortable, cozy screened sunroom is where Ellis and Kay Melton can be found for about six months out of the year. The couple were able to add their favorite semi-outdoor space when plans were being designed for construction of their Village Home, and they have loved the flexibility it has offered. They laughingly describe the location where they read, nap and watch their neighbors in the community garden as “our version of the outdoors.” Kay tends to a few thriving and colorful potted plants and they both enjoy watching the birds congregate at their nearby feeder.
Marian Catron’s Cottage Patio
While Butterfield is located in a busy area of Fayetteville near lots of shopping and services, its 44 acres can feel surprisingly tranquil. Every apartment, cottage and Village Home has some type of outdoor living area to encourage enjoyment of fresh air, flora and fauna.
Marian Catron shared how much she loves sitting just outside of her cottage, a spot she goes throughout the year as weather allows. “My favorite space is my fenced patio overlooking a large common area. My wonderful companion Gus the Dog and I enjoy watching the birds, deer and other wildlife. I have lived in a cottage for three years and count my blessings!”