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Nature Center Named Project of the Year

Nature Center Named Project of the Year

The new Nature Center at the Clark County Wetlands Park is winning accolades both locally and nationally.

The 45,000-square-foot center, which opened in April, has been named Project of the Year and Special Project of the Year by the Nevada Recreation and Park Society.

Visitors can get a dramatic view of the wetlands from the 15,000-sqaure-foot deck at the center. The center also features interactive exhibits and displays that explain the wetlands' importance in southern Nevada's ecosystem.

The center has also been recognized by the Engineering News Record as the Southwest Region's Best Project in the Cultural/Houses of Worship category.

Admission to the Nature Center is free. It is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but visitors can visit the Wetlands Park and Nature Preserve from dusk to dawn, which are some of the best times to see the more than 200 species of birds that use the park.

Celebration Marks Improvements at Horseman's Park

Celebration Marks Improvements at Horseman's Park

Improvements are finished at Horseman's Park and the occasion was marked with a celebration Thursday.

Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow and students from three local elementary schoold were at the park at 5800 East Flamingo Road.

Thanks to money from the sale of public lands, the park now has a new sign, landscaping, new perimeter fencing, and parking lot designed accommodate large trailers. There is also a new lighted riding trail and new footing for the arena.

Thursday's event did not just mark the improvements to the park, it also kicked off the Las Vegas Children's Horse Expo.

The expo gives children around the southern Nevada the chance to see equestrian entertainers, visit a petting zoo and tour several stations dedicated to education.

 

Sunset Park Celebrates Completion of Major Renovation

Sunset Park Celebrates Completion of Major Renovation

 

A dedication ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday near the new splash pad and playground area just north of the administrative building to celebrate the grand reopening of Sunset Park.

The renovation project started in June 2011. Seventy-five of the park’s 325 acres have received improvements. Much of the upgrade occurred around Sunset Lake, including the addition of a walking loop with exercise stations, lake-edge lighting, pedestrian plaza, restroom, and a remodeled dock for remote-controlled boats. A new playground features a tree house, swinging bridge and slides that look like petrified logs. The nearby splash pad offers water fun during the hottest weather. Picnic spots have new shade structures, and turf areas are more spacious. A new roadway opened in the fall of 2012 to improve access to parking areas and other features in the park.

Grand Opening Saturday for Nature Center at Wetlands Park

Grand Opening Saturday for Nature Center at Wetlands Park

 

A grand opening and dedication Saturday will mark the opening of the new Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center.

The park is located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about a mile east of Boulder Highway off Tropicana Avenue. The dedication ceremony will be held on the raised observation deck near the new exhibit gallery.

The deck features views of the 210-acre Nature Preserve, which has 13 miles of hiking trails and is home to more than 200 species of birds and more than 70 species of mammals and reptiles.

Clark County Wetlands Park was created in 2001 during the building boom to preserve natural wetlands and habitat area, improve water quality and control erosion along the Las Vegas Wash. Reclaimed water from the Las Vegas urban area flows through Wetlands Park and allows a permanent plant community to live.

Grapevine Springs Park Set for 'New' Debut

Grapevine Springs Park Set for 'New' Debut

 

A revamped neighborhood park will celebrate a grand re-opening next weekend.

Grapevine Springs Neighborhood Park will be feted at noon Saturday, Oct. 13. The park is located at 5280 Palm St., near Hacienda Avenue.

There will be children’s games, snow cones and popcorn at the event. Also featured are three new dog runs at Grapevine’s new dog park. Other new amenities include a playground for toddlers, a covered play area, a walking track within a large exercise area, a horseshoe pit, several picnic tables with pavilion shade structures and barbeques, and a new bathroom facility.

Grapevine Springs will also pilot a new type of call box designed to be impervious to vandals. The 14-foot-tall yellow box contains a help button to report police or medical emergencies. A blue rotating light comes on when the button in pressed.

The opening of Grapevine Springs was scheduled for August, but was delayed by flood damage.

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters

The National Park Service is waiving lake use fees Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave – a savings of $16 per vessel – for boaters who show proof of completing an approved boating course.

"Statistics show that the majority of boaters who are involved in accidents report that they haven't completed a formal boating education course," Superintendent Bill Dickinson said.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics showed that in 2009, 78 percent of boating accidents and 86 percent of boat fatalities involved operators with no formal boating education.

"We're announcing this early so boaters who haven't taken a course will have a chance to do so before the holiday weekend," Dickinson said.