Bill Nye creation debate sparks donations to build ark park

An illustration of the proposed Ark Park. (arkencounter.com/Handout)

An illustration of the proposed Ark Park. (arkencounter.com/Handout)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:33 PM ET

A debate about how the world began with Bill Nye the Science Guy has led to such a groundswell of support, officials with the Creation Museum in Kentucky will now be able to build a long-planned Noah's Ark theme park.

Ken Ham thanked God on Thursday when he announced the Ark Encounter project would be able to move ahead. Ham said the 510-foot-long ark should attract up to two million visitors in its first year, slated for 2016.

The first phase will cost an estimated $73 million.

Ham and Nye debated creationism vs. evolution on Feb. 4 at the museum.

Nye told The Associated Press he hopes the ark project "goes out of business."

"If he builds that ark, it's my strong opinion, it's bad for the commonwealth of Kentucky and bad for scientists based in Kentucky and bad for the U.S.," Nye said. "And I'm not joking, bad for the world."


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