Clinton Says Wetlands Park at Library will Serve as Teaching Tool

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Former President Bill Clinton unveiled plans today for a 13-acre wetlands park along the Arkansas River next to his presidential library.

Clinton says the wetland park is as important as the library because it is critical that people understand the natural world.

The park will honor Little Rock businessman, outdoorsman and philanthropist William E. Clark, who died earlier this year.  Wetland habitat along the river will be restored, and the park will include pedestrian trails and an elevated walkway.

The park will have two bridges that offer views of the river and aquatic habitat.  Work on the $2 million project is to begin this winter.

Clinton says Clark would have appreciated the project.  Clark headed CDI, which built the Clinton Library.

Clinton says Clark was an "amazing man" who enjoyed building things and leaving nature alone.

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