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Park has new pavilion, walkways

Surrounded by city and business leaders and construction crews, Clinton Zoning official Dwight Wilson prepares to cut the ribbon on the pavillion at Archey Fork Park. (Anita Tucker/Democrat Staff)
Surrounded by city and business leaders and construction crews, Clinton Zoning official Dwight Wilson prepares to cut the ribbon on the pavillion at Archey Fork Park. (Anita Tucker/Democrat Staff)

Clinton Zoning official Dwight Wilson cut the ribbon last week at the new pavilion and wildlife trail at Archey Fork Park.

Wilson has devoted so much time and effort to the pavilion and paths that the project has become known around City Hall as “Dwight’s baby,” said Mayor Roger Rorie. The opening was held Wednesday, Dec. 12, and drew a crowd of local city and business leaders, construction workers, city employees and civic club representatives.

The effort has paid off with a newly constructed pavilion that will be used for fishing, weddings, family reunions and other events. Anyone who wants to reserve the space should call Clinton City Hall at 745-8110. Currently there is no charge to use it.

The concrete walkways have fossils, leaves, arrowheads and paw prints painted or embedded into them. There are several big rocks for sitting, as well as an outdoor classroom that is build on the site of an ancient Indian village, Wilson said. He said there are arrowheads to be found in the area that once was visited by explorer Hernando de Soto.

The work was funded by an $84,000 grant that did not require matching funds. It was awarded by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commisssion from money the department received by leasing forest lands to natural gas drilling companies throughout the Fayetteville Shale.

At its meeting last week, the City Council voted to allow public fishing at the park’s pond on weekends.

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