The Trust for Public Lands and the city of Las Vegas will be holding a “Deed Transfer” ceremony to commemorate the acquisition of three sites for neighborhood parks and trailheads along the Las Vegas Wash. The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, just north of the Sandhill Avenue and Washington Avenue intersection where Sandhill dead ends at the Las Vegas Wash. The ceremony will be immediately followed by a walking tour of the Sandhill and Owens park site along the wash for presentations of its ecology, flood control and future recreation as part of program for the 100th National Planning Conference of the American Planning Association.
In attendance will be Dave Sutton, Trust for Public Land; Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese, and Mary Jo Rugwell, field director, Bureau of Land Management and Kevin Hill, Nevada Division of State Lands.
The city of Las Vegas worked with the Trust for Public Land to acquire the three sites: Sandhill Avenue and Owens Avenue, Washington Avenue and Lamb Boulevard, and Marion Drive and Harris Street. 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.
“Through a partnership with the Trust for Public Land, the city of Las Vegas will be able to develop more open space for our residents,” said Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. “The parks and trailheads will provide needed recreation amenities for the densely-populated surrounding neighborhoods that currently are underserved in terms of parks and recreation.”
The sites were acquired with funding from the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA) administered by the Bureau of Land Management and Question 1 funding administered by the Nevada Division of State Lands. These entities are also contributing to the park and trailhead sites’ design and construction.
“The development of the Las Vegas Wash Train Corridor is another step toward the city’s commitment to add parks, trails and open space for its residents,” Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese said. “To date, more than 13 acres have been acquired along the Las Vegas Wash Trail Corridor in neighborhoods of the eastern part of city.”
The three park and trailhead sites will be connected via the Las Vegas Wash Trail that will ultimately extend 20 miles from Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area as envisioned in the city’s 2020 Master Plan.
"Each of these properties will serve double duty, acting as both a trailhead and neighborhood park, said Dave Sutton, Nevada Program Director for the Trust for Public Land. “This effort is about re-envisioning the wash, but it's also about improving the quality of life on the city's east side by finding room for parks."
The Las Vegas Wash is an important ecological resource for southern Nevada. The trail’s developed and maintained pathways will enhance and protect the condition of the wash’s ecosystem while providing a recreational experience for trail users.