Another key piece of the city’s plans for the Las Vegas Wash Trail Corridor and surrounding neighborhood parks was secured this week. The city of Las Vegas on March 20 closed escrow on the parcel on the north side of the wash at Sandhill Road and Owens Avenue. The acquisition team, including the Planning and Development Department, the Field Operations Department and its Real Estate and Utilities Division, and the Trust for Public Land (TPL) worked on the acquisition for about two years. The trust is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands and other natural places.
The 4.91 acre parcel was acquired with funds through the Southern Nevada Public Lands Act (SNPLMA). It will become a neighborhood park in a part of the city’s Ward 3 that has been underserved with park facilities. Approximately $2.4 million in SNPLMA funds will also be used for the design and construction of trail improvements, trailhead area and the neighborhood park. The Sandhill and Owens site could include walking paths, shaded children's play area and picnic facilities, a day-use sports field, landscaping, utilities and parking. It may also include a trailhead and rest area on the city parcel just west and across the wash from this site.
“The city realizes the outstanding recreation opportunities that the Las Vegas Wash Corridor presents to the community,” said Tom Perrigo, deputy director of the Planning and Development Department and the project sponsor. “It is very exciting that the city is seizing these opportunities and providing much needed park facilities in the surrounding neighborhoods.”
Last August, a parcel at Harris Avenue and Marion Drive was also acquired for another neighborhood park along the corridor. The Las Vegas Wash Trail, its trailheads and adjacent neighborhood parks will be a 20-mile long trail network transecting the valley connecting Floyd Lamb Park in northwest Las Vegas to the Clark County Wetlands Park and the Lake Mead National Recreation area.
The design phase of the Sandhill and Owen site will take approximately six months and construction could start in the first quarter of 2008.
Las Vegas Wash Trail Map