Construction of Phase 2 of the Raptor Play Park is expected to begin the week of July 9. The project will add landscaping and turf areas, lighted sidewalk extensions, a picnic shade shelter, benches and tables, off-site improvements and a full-scale F-22 Raptor Stealth Fighter Jet exhibit to the existing park located at the northwest corner of Tropical Parkway and Durango Road.
The F-22 Raptor is the namesake of the park that opened in February 2011, in Centennial Hills. The exhibit will be the visual centerpiece of the park, with its full-scale replica of the fighter jet appearing to fly above the monument plaza, with contrail-shaped curved steel beams providing support.
The off-site improvements will include paving, street lights, storm drains and sidewalks for the north side of Tropical Parkway from Durango Drive to North Bonita Vista Street. Median landscaping will be added to portions of Durango Drive adjacent to the park. Some lane restrictions will be required during these street improvements.
"I look forward to the improvements at the Raptor Play Park moving full steam ahead," said Ward 6 Councilman Steven D. Ross. "As part of the Thunderbird Family Sports Park, these new features are going to provide tremendous benefits for the community when the work is completed early next year."
The Thunderbird Family Sports Complex pays tribute to the United States Air Force families here in the valley, and also includes the Viper Lacrosse Fields and other ball fields. The project construction contract was awarded to Pace Contracting Company for $1,109,000. Stanley Consultants, Inc. of Las Vegas is the design consultant and Don W. Ryden, AIA of Phoenix, Ariz., is the specialty designer for the Raptor exhibit. Funding for the park was made possible through the Residential Construction Tax that is collected through development of homes in the area. Monies from the Residential Construction Tax must be spent in the ward in which they were generated, and must fund neighborhood parks and recreation projects.
The city of Las Vegas is managing the project. Most construction work is scheduled Monday through Friday, starting at 7 a.m. Existing portions of the park, which features play, exercise and picnic areas, a splash pad water feature and restroom facilities, will remain open to the public during much of the construction period.