Ham would not disclose the total amount of bond funds raised because of underwriter restrictions. But a December bond document describing the project listed the amount at $62 million. Mark Looy, a vice president with Answers in Genesis, said the figure is less than $62 million, and that the minimum funding requirement was achieved.
Nye brushed off a question about whether he might be criticized for taking part in a debate that boosted fundraising for the ark.
"Me? I've always been criticized," he said.
The bonds are to be repaid through revenue from the park, and the city is not liable for the money, according to bond documents.
The wooden ark would have old-world details, such as wooden pegs instead of nails, straight-sawed timbers and plenty of animals — some alive, some robotic.
The Creation Museum opened in 2007 and has been criticized by scientists as an affront to evolution science. Ham said Thursday that 2 million visitors have entered the museum since it opened.