The newest addition to the Arkansas State Parks system is moving into a fresh phase of development and is marking the milestone with the opening of a visitor center in Marianna.
Mississippi River State Park, which operates in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, is planning a Thursday ceremony at the center, which features a variety of exhibits, park information and a walking trail.
The park includes several sites and its development has been in the works since 1999, though the idea was first proposed in the 1960s.
From the National Geographic book The 10 Best of Everything-National Parks Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon deserve the appreciation they receive, but the National Park System includes nearly 400 units, scores of lesser known sites that well reward a visit-and that are far less crowded than big-name parks.
The future of North Little Rock properties such as the Big Rock Quarry and green space west of Pike Avenue will be topics of discussion for residents and the city’s Public Land Use Development Task Force in a meeting to held Thursday night.