Media Release

 

Wednesday, August 09, 2006
For Immediate Release
Planning & Development

Contact: Tina Past
Telephone: 229-2343

 

State Grant To Be Used For Neighborhood Park And Trailhead

 

The city of Las Vegas has received $500,000 from the state of Nevada’s Conservation and Resource Protection Grant Program to provide a new park for a densely populated neighborhood that currently has very little park space.

The grant will be used for the acquisition of 3.91 acres in southeastern Las Vegas, where the Las Vegas Wash Neighborhood Park and Trailhead Project will be constructed. The land is located at Harris Avenue and Marion Drive and is part of the planned Las Vegas Wash Trail Corridor.

The city’s Planning and Development department has worked with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) on acquiring the site. TPL 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.

The neighborhood park and trailhead will include a play area, picnic areas, landscaping, paved walkways and a restroom that will serve the nearby residents as well as users of the trail.  

“In the more mature parts of Las Vegas it is always a challenge to find space for new parks and facilities for our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese, who represents Ward 3 where the new park will be located. “It is exciting to see plans for this new park come together with the ultimate result of bringing new amenities to Ward 3 residents.”

The city of Las Vegas is matching the state grant with a little over $1.1 million in funding received from the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA).  The acquisition is expected to be complete by the end of this month. 

“The SNPLMA and state matching funds are essential to the development of the Las Vegas Wash Trail for all to enjoy,” said Tom Perrigo, deputy director of the Planning and Development department.

The Las Vegas Wash Trail is planned as a recreational corridor and neighborhood system along the wash that will extend more than 20 miles and eventually link to several spur trails from the east and west. It will connect Floyd Lamb Park in northwest Las Vegas to the Clark County Desert Wetland Park and the Lake Mead National Recreation area.

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