Tuesday August 16th -- TODAY!!
Come enjoy the Grand Opening of the New Interpretive panels along the Helena River Park, stroll down the boardwalk for views of the floodplain forest with views upstream towards Buck Island and downstream towards the Hernando deSoto Bridge -- and experience why Mark Twain said that Helena had the “prettiest natural location on the Lower Mississippi River!”
4:00pm-5:30pm: Helena-West Helena school children paddling in the harbor in the big canoes
5:30pm-6:30pm: Reception & Grand Opening of the new Outdoor Nature Exhibit at the Helena River Park
Made possible through a collaboration between the National Audubon Society and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, the Delta Cultural Center, Quapaw Canoe Company, Helena Marine Service, Main Street Helena, Southern Bancorp Capital Partners and KIPP Delta Public Schools.
From the Helena Daily World:
Outdoor nature exhibit to officially open in River Park Aug. 16
HELENA-WEST HELENA — "We have so much to offer here in Helena-West Helena,” commented Julia Nordsieck, Community Development Officer for Southern Bancorp last year as she described the River Park improvements that were discussed at a Rotary appearance. Twenty-one interpretative panels, a kiosk with mapped highlights of the downtown attractions, and a gateway sign can now been seen throughout the River Park.
It all came about as the result of a collaborative community project with the support of the National Audubon Society and more than 15 organizations to develop content focused on educating visitors about the connections between their lives and the Mississippi River.
“A lot of the tourist may not realize it but we provide several different bird species such as the Great Blue Heron, the American White Pelican and even the Bald Eagle because they tend to migrate to the surrounding water of Arkansas,” commented Nordsieck in a previous Rotary appearance.
The National Audubon Society works to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on the habitats of birds and other wildlife, which includes the Mississippi River,” reported Nordsieck.
Helena-West Helena will be celebrating these wonderful tributes to the Mississippi River Aug. 16th with a grand opening of the new outdoor nature exhibit at the Helena River Park.
“There will be a community picnic with hotdogs and cold drinks for both kids and adults, plus John Ruskey of The Quapaw Canoe Co. will be providing free canoe rides around the harbor,” commented Nordsieck.
Organizations involved in making this project possible include the Department of Parks and Tourism, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, the Delta Cultural Center, Quapaw Canoe Company, Helena Marine Service, Main Street Helena, Southern Bancorp Capital Partners and KIPP Delta Public Schools.
For more information about canoeing in the Helena Harbor contact John Fewkes (870) 228-2266 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.