The federal census shows Fayetteville’s population to be 42,099, an increase of 15 percent from the 1980 census. Washington County’s total population was 113,409.
Washington Regional Medical Center and Fayetteville City Hospital announce an agreement to share operating room space at City Hospital to help ease the volume of surgeries performed at WRMC’s main facility.
WRMC goes back to using cloth diapers for newborns to become more environmentally safe. The center contracts with Diaper Depot to provide sanitary cloth diapers. The medical center also installs a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, a medical treatment that enhances the body’s ability to provide oxygen to tissues. The sixth floor was renovated to accommodate an increasing number of women seeking services.
June – Voters approve changing the form of city government from a City Board to a City Council, returning it to the form it had prior to 1965. A new council and mayor were elected in the fall.
The Walton Arts Center opens at the corner of Dickson Street and West Avenue, the region's first performing arts venue large enough to draw Broadway touring shows and nationally acclaimed musicians and dancers. The arts center was also the catalyst for revitalization of Dickson Street, which became known as an entertainment district during the next two decades.
Michael Conley, a long- and triple-jumper for the University of Arkansas and a Fayetteville resident, won a gold medal at the Barcelona Summer Olympics.
Open-heart surgery started at Washington Regional Medical Center.
April 20 — The City Council adopts Ordinance No. 3699, an ordinance to protect and preserve tree during new developments.
Washington Regional’s Kids for Health, a health education program for school children, began as a pilot project at Prairie Grove and West Fork schools, and at Jefferson Elementary in Fayetteville with about 1,000 children participating.
The Cancer Support Home opens as part of Washington Regional Medical Center.
The Yvonne Richardson Center opens on Rock Street to provide recreational opportunities to the surrounding neighborhoods.
The Downtown-Dickson Enhancement Project was established to help revitalize the downtown economy of Fayetteville. The major improvement carried out by the project was redesign of the streetscape of Dickson Street.
Ground is broken for the new Washington Regional Medical Center facility at North Hills Medical Park.