The bridge is also part of the Arkansas River Trail system and completes a 15 mile loop of continuous trail. Prior to the completion of the bridge, cyclists and walkers had to stop and board an elevator or stairs to cross the river at the Junction Bridge. The Clinton Presidential Park Bridge allows a non-stop trip around the River Trail loop.
Where / When:
All River Trail bridges are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week unless other announced and are pet and cyclist friendly.
You can exit the bridge in Little Rock at celebration circle and head for Clinton Presidential Library and Heifer International, or continue on the River Trail to the River Market and other downtown destinations.
There is not as much to do directly on the river on the North Little Rock side, but there is access to the River Trail. The historic Argenta district and Verizon Arena are just a short walk from that side. North Little Rock has plans to renovate the area.
The renovation of the Rock Island Bridge was 7 years in the making. The Clinton foundation agreed to renovate the bridge in its 2001 formal request to lease land for the Clinton Presidential Center from Little Rock for $1 a year. They estimated the project to be $4 million, and had planned to open the bridge in 2004 along with the Clinton Presidential Center. However, those cost estimates proved to be too low, partly due to an increase in the cost of steel. The renovation project actually needed $10.5 million, which nobody was able to finance.
Construction on the project was started in 2010 after $2.5 million in stimulus funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration completed the fundraising. Other sources of funds for the bridge includes $1 million from Little Rock, $4 million from the Clinton Foundation, $2.5 million from the state, $750,000 from North Little Rock and $250,000 from private donors.
The bridge opened on October 2, 2011.
Bill Clark Wetland Park:
The bridge is 1,614 feet long.
Bill Clinton on the Bridge Project:
The Six Bridges:
Another set of bridges is being designed to connect the parks along the Arkansas River and allow people to hike or bike from the Clinton center to Pinnacle Mountain and the Ouachita Trail. Four of those bridges are open: the Two Rivers Bridge, the Big Dam Bridge, The Junction Bridge and Clinton Presidential Park bridge.