The Nevada Division of State Lands has awarded $730,000 in Question 1 Program funds to the city of Las Vegas for trail improvements to the Las Vegas Wash Trail. The grant is for the section of the 20-mile trail from Owens Avenue to Charleston Boulevard. These funds will provide needed recreation amenities for the densely-populated surrounding neighborhood that currently has very little public park access.
A portion of the trail is directly across the street from Dell Robison Middle School, located at 825 Marion Drive, where there is a footbridge across the wash providing access for more than 1,500 students and their families. Trail improvements will include seating and picnic areas, shade structures, trash receptacles, drinking fountains, bike racks and staging areas for trail users.
The total budget for this portion of the trail development is $1,838,800 and construction is anticipated to begin this fall with projected completion in the summer of 2008. The balance of the budget will be paid with city and Southern Nevada Public Land Act (SNPLMA) funds.
The Las Vegas Wash is an important ecological resource for southern Nevada. The wash provides habitat to more than 300 fish and wildlife species and almost 300 species of plants. It serves as the source of return flow credits to the Colorado River at Lake Mead. Developed and maintained pathways will enhance and protect the condition of the wash’s ecosystem while providing a recreational experience for trail users.
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