Dedication and opening of William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park includes the Clinton presidential library and the offices of the Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, established by Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States.
Located within a newly built Little Rock, Arkansas city park, the facility, designed by architect James Polshek and museum design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates, cantilevers over the Arkansas River, echoing Clinton's campaign promise of "building a bridge to the 21st century." While the physical building is the second-largest presidential library after the Ronald Reagan Library, the archives of the Clinton Library are the largest, containing two million photographs, 80 million pages of documents, 21 million e-mail messages, and nearly 80,000 artifacts from the Clinton presidency. The museum showcases artifacts from Clinton's term and includes full-scale replicas of the Clinton-era Oval Office and Cabinet Room. The Clinton School of Public Service is also located on the site.
The park is a leading example of urban renewal. It was built on the site of abandoned railroad tracks of the defunct Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. The public service school is housed in a former passenger train terminal. A railroad bridge across the Arkansas River, leading to North Little Rock, is in the process of being converted into a pedestrian bridge, although the project has been delayed several times.[1] The library also incorporates aspects of environmentally-sensitive design, earning it a LEED Platinum rating by the US Green Building Council. [2]
Opened on November 18, 2004, the Clinton Presidential Center cost $165 million to construct and covers 150,000 square feet (14,000 m²) within a 28-acre (113,000 m²) park.

The eyes of the world were on Arkansas for the dedication and opening Nov.18 of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center and Park. Approximately 25,000 guests, including past presidents and heads of state, as well as news outlets from around the world converged in Little Rock for the event.

To accommodate the overflow crowds, the city of Little Rock hosted an extended block party with large screens projecting the dedication for the overflow audience in the River Market District.

At Thursday morning's grand opening, Clinton, his wife Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, President George Bush, former President Jimmy Carter and other dignitaries addressed the crowd. U2's Bono and The Edge performed, and the throng got it's first look at New York architect James Polshek's 150,000-square-foot glass and steel creation.

Now, the public can pay $7 admission to see the inside of the library, everything from the black marble floors, and exact replica of the Oval office, a Great Hall reception room and a 20,000-square-foot museum section with thematic alcoves, to a multimedia timeline and interactive flat-screen display.