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What's New for 2017 in the Arkansas Delta

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Big River Crossing, West Memphis
Region: Upper Delta
Pedestrians and bicyclists can enjoy the Big River Crossing in West Memphis, which officially opened in fall of 2016. Featuring stunning views of the Mississippi River, the Big River Crossing connects downtown West Memphis to downtown Memphis. The $17.5 million dollar boardwalk is built alongside the historic Harahan Bridge and is the longest public pedestrian bridge along the Mississippi River.
 
Walnut Ridge Heritage Walk
Region: Upper Delta
Downtown Walnut Ridge is reclaiming the town’s rich history with a walking tour that takes visitors back in time with a series of plaques, large photographs and detailed descriptions of Walnut Ridge’s past. The Walnut Ridge Heritage Walk includes landmark structures of the past and present and present information about early leaders, merchants and cultural figures.
CONTACT: Downtown Walnut Ridge Network, 870-886-6638, info@downtownwalnutridge.org, www.DowntownWalnutRidge.org.
 
Downtown Entertainment Park, Newport
Region: Upper Delta
Spring 2017 brings the opening of the new Downtown Entertainment Park in Newport. The park will offer an outdoor music venue, a Veteran’s Walk, a Public Servant’s Walk, a stunning fountain, and become the location for community outdoor movies. 
 
Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, Wilson
Region: Upper Delta
In Wilson, the new home of Hampson Archeological Museum State Park is expected to open in fall 2017. The exterior of the building will be Tudor in style to match the architecture of the historic downtown square. The museum will be a moder facility with over 8,400 square feet with over 2,300 square feet of interactive exhibits, many featuring artifacts that have not been seen by the public for over 50 years.
CONTACT: Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, 870-655-8622, hampsonarcheologicalmuseum@arkansas.com, www.ArkansasStateParks.com/hampsonmuseum.