Thursday, June 10, 2010
Work Begins on Wetlands Project in Little Rock
Work Begins on Wetlands Project in Little Rock Little Rock city officials recently unveiled plans for the $2.2 million William E. “Bill” Clark Wetlands project near the Clinton Presidential Center. The development involves the restoration of riverfront wetlands adjacent to the library and Riverfront Park in downtown Little Rock. Work began May 17 on the 13-acre development in and along the Arkansas River. The undertaking is expected to be completed by year’s end if the weather cooperates.The park is envisioned to be an ecological area for visitors to get a closer look at Arkansas wetland plants and wildlife. A small network of boardwalks, paths and pavilions will provide access to the property, with educational opportunities on conservation, pollution and more.Little Rock Director Dean Kumpuris said the project creates a new attraction for visitors and a transitional link between the presidential center and the nearby Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center.Collaborators on the park include Audubon Arkansas, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and the City Parks Conservancy.