Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow, Councilman Bob Coffin and Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, will officially open the new Symphony Park Pedestrian Bridge at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29.
The ceremony will take place at the western base of the new bridge in Symphony Park. Media should park in the surface parking lot southeast of The Smith Center, and will want to arrive by 9:45 a.m. to be in place to capture footage of the dignitaries as they walk across the bridge from the City Hall garage, located at 500 S. Main St., to Symphony Park at 10 a.m.
Members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nevada Ballet Theater will be on hand for the opening ceremony.
The new bridge spans the railroad tracks, creating an easy way for residents and visitors to walk to and from downtown and Symphony Park. The new bridge also provides easy access for those wanting to park at the City Hall garage and visit The Smith Center, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health or the Discovery Children’s Museum.
“The new bridge greatly improves pedestrian access between downtown and Symphony Park, adding to the area's walkable community improvements,” Mayor Goodman said. “Development continues at Symphony Park, and this new link will be even more important in the future as more projects come online and additional parking is needed.”
Following a short ceremony at Symphony Park there will be a balloon release to commemorate the opening of the bridge.
“This new bridge is just another step in integrating Symphony Park into the fabric of downtown,” Councilman Barlow said. “Being able to easily walk to all the great attractions and businesses in the 18B Arts District to Fremont East, the Fremont Street Experience and Symphony Park is crucial for the continued renaissance downtown.
The project cost $4.5 million, with funding coming from a $500,000 federal grant through the Federal Highway Administration, $3.6 million in Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds, and $400,000 from the city of Las Vegas general fund. The city of Las Vegas managed the project. Whiting-Turner Contracting Company of Las Vegas is the general contractor.