Media Release

 

Thursday, June 01, 2006
For Immediate Release
Planning & Development

Contact: Tina Past
Telephone: 229-2343

 

Las Vegas Blazes Trails Throughout the City
216 Total Miles Of Trails, Existing And Planned

 

As the nation celebrates National Trails Day on June 3, 2006, the city of Las Vegas continues its comprehensive trail development. Construction is expected to begin this year on several trail systems throughout the city, bringing the total to more than 200 miles of walking, jogging, bicycling and horseback riding to Las Vegas residents.

Scheduled trail construction in 2006 includes the Las Vegas Wash Trail from Owens Avenue to Stewart Avenue, Lone Mountain Trail along the Buffalo flood channel from Vegas Drive to Gowan Road, the Bonanza Trail from the newly completed Kellogg Zaher Sports Complex at Washington Avenue and Buffalo Drive east to Maryland Parkway, and the equestrian La Madre Mountain Trailhead at Cheyenne Avenue and Cliff Shadows Parkway.

Earlier this year, the historic Pioneer Trail was completed. One landmark of note on the trail is Lorenzi Park, which was developed as a private resort in 1926. The city was awarded nearly $26 million in Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act funds and is master planning the renovation of this historic treasure. The six-mile pedestrian and vehicular route traverses 16 sites from Las Vegas Springs Preserve, through historic West Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Paiute Colony, The Mormon Fort, and culminates at the Biltmore Village neighborhood. The city of Las Vegas’ departments of Planning and Development, Public Works and Leisure Services designed and installed the trail markers, and the city is responsible for their maintenance.
 
Through the city’s unique “urban pathways” program, the emerging downtown neighborhoods, as well as unique landmarks and districts, will be linked together by expanded walkways with upgraded light fixtures, street furniture and a coordinated series of uniquely designed signage and directional tools. The downtown area will have well defined pathways connecting the neighborhoods, the entertainment, cultural and arts districts, Glitter Gulch and the civic center.  Longtime and newly settled residents will have unique gathering spots to enjoy chess, dog parks, outdoor cultural activities, public art displays and serene desert garden spots. Entry gateway monuments will be developed for the unique districts of downtown, the Arts District, Fremont East and Cultural District. Energy, drama and excitement will increase along Las Vegas Boulevard as restored neon signs are placed at each intersection from Sahara to Washington, just as the Hacienda Horse and Rider now stands at Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street.

The recreation and transportation trails elements of the Master Plan 2020 not only address trail development within city boundaries, but integrate these trails with valley wide efforts with the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) and the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition (SNRPC). The city embraces the recreational and healthful enhancement that trails bring to residents’ quality of life as well as their critical role in the community’s overall transportation network. The city’s expanding trails network connects neighborhoods, enriches both the citizens’ and visitors’ cultural and historical experience, and offers safe and healthy recreation and non-vehicular transit routes. Trails are an integral component of not only the city’s master plan but all of its special area plans, including those for master planned communities.

For more information about the city of Las Vegas extensive trails programs and initiatives, please visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov.                  

 

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