84: Meet Liz Philpott

Liz Philpott is passionate about Arkansas and urging those around her to help keep it in its Natural State.

1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Elizabeth “Liz” Philpott; Volunteer Services Coordinator for Keep Arkansas Beautiful; moved to Little Rock in 2008 (lived Downtown & in Hillcrest during my LR years), but recently purchased my first home in Park Hill. I love Little Rock & North Little Rock!

2. Finish this sentence: My job is awesome because...I love Arkansas. And I love Arkansans. I have the opportunity to work with individuals and organizations across the state who love a place in their community, whether it be where they live, work or play, and want to keep it beautiful or make it more beautiful. When you love and take pride in your community, it really improves your quality of life. We’re most well-known for litter prevention and litter cleanups, but we also promote recycling and beautification efforts. By reducing our waste and impact, we can ensure a brighter future for generations to come. I’m going to borrow my favorite quote from The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” I’m incredibly lucky because I get to work with Arkansans who care a whole awful lot. And it is getting better, it is!

3. What is, hands down, your favorite meal you can only get in (or around) Little Rock? I love having lunch at Café@Heifer, which is located inside Heifer International’s headquarters in downtown Little Rock. Heifer International’s headquarters is a Platinum LEED certified building, so they have a ton of windows and the building itself is beautiful and “green.” The chefs are incredible and accommodating, and they use fresh ingredients from local farmers. They have a variety of soups, salads, pastas and sandwiches, as well as a daily special. My all-time favorite dish is their Southwest Salad, but I love trying their daily specials, too! The staff is always super friendly and helpful. The service is quick, which makes it perfect for a lunch break treat!  I also love checking out their exhibits and popping into their gift shop for unique gifts from around the world. Oh, and did I mention that they are excellent recyclers? All in all, it makes for a very enjoyable, sustainable experience.

4. Where do you make sure to take out-of-town guests when they visit? I love to show people how naturally beautiful Little Rock is! We are so lucky to have the Big Dam Bridge & Two Rivers Park spanning the Arkansas River. They are so close, but feel so far away. It’s nice to have places like that for people to enjoy in and around the city. Whether you’re walking, running, biking, etc., there are so many great ways to enjoy these bridges and trails! Arkansas is also very fortunate to have some of the best State Parks in the country. If we had a little more time, I would be sure to take them to the State Park closest to Little Rock—Pinnacle Mountain State Park. It offers breath-taking views of the Arkansas River Valley, just minutes outside of Little Rock. We’re lucky to have so many great outdoor opportunities right at our fingertips in The Natural State!

5. What do you think is Little Rock's best kept secret? Our parks! We’re fortunate to have so many great parks in Little Rock and North Little Rock—Little Rock alone has over 60 city parks! Two of my favorites never seem to receive much recognition, so I would consider those to be “best kept secrets.” Knoop Park in Hillcrest offers an incredible view of the downtown skyline. It’s a great place to watch the fireworks on the last night of Riverfest or on the 4th of July. I am also obsessed with Emerald Park in North Little Rock, just behind Pulaski Tech. It has incredible views of the Arkansas River, Pinnacle Mountain, Arkansas’ State Capitol and downtown Little Rock!

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