The city of Las Vegas invites the community to join Ward 3 Councilman Bob Coffin, CORE Construction company representatives and neighborhood residents Thursday, May 22, at 2:30 p.m. for the grand opening of a new skatepark at the Myron E. Leavitt and Jaycee Community Park. The park is located at 2100 E. St. Louis Ave. The new 12,000-square-foot skatepark is situated in the northeast corner of the park, near the intersection of St. Louis and Atlantic avenues. Participants will enjoy a skating demonstration by Urban Gravity after the opening ceremonies.
“We have wanted to build this skatepark for area youth to enjoy for quite some time,” said Councilman Coffin. “I know the kids have been anxious to get in and try it out. We are very pleased the skatepark is ready ahead of the expected July completion schedule.”
The new skatepark is lit for nighttime use. Other improvements added with this project include landscaping, reconfiguring the park’s horseshoe pits to conform to competition regulations, and upgrading to modern LED fixtures on 35 light poles along the park’s walkways. Improvements still under construction include LED-lighted shade canopies over the horseshoe and bocce courts. These are expected to be complete in early June.
CORE Construction began the improvements in January 2014. SITE Design Group was responsible for the skatepark design, in cooperation with city of Las Vegas staff. The $1.3 million budgeted for the project was provided through Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act funds. This act allows money from Nevada federal land sales to be used in the state for park and trail projects.
Myron E. Leavitt and Jaycee Community Park is a popular urban recreation park. In addition to the features already mentioned, the 18.4-acre park also offers a lighted artificial-turf soccer field; two playground areas; a dog park with three dog runs; fitness course equipment; walking path; picnic shelters; restrooms; open turf; and a water play feature.