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New Skate Park Coming to Jaycee Park

A groundbreaking was held Monday for a new skate park at Justice Myron E. Leavitt and Jaycee Community Park, which is at Eastern and East St. Louis avenues.

The new addition to the park will include 12,000 square foot of space for skateboarders to enjoy that will be lit for nigh time use.

Las Vegas city leaders say the park will benefit the entire community.

"Someone can duplicate essentially what they would have been doing harmfully to somebody's property very safely here and the public will be very grateful for that," Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin said. 

The skate park should be complete by this July. The park improvements will also include new shade canopies over horseshoe courts and LED lights along walkways.

The $1.3 million project is through a fund from the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act.

 

Skate Park Coming to Jaycee Community Park

The city of Las Vegas will be breaking ground Monday on a new skate park at Justice Myron E. Leavitt and Jaycee Community Park at Eastern and East St. Louis avenues.

When finished, the park will feature a 12,000 square feet area for skateboarders to use, and it will be lit for nighttime use.

The city is also adding shade canopies for the horseshoe and bocce courts and improved lighting for walkways. The horseshoe, bocce and shuffleboard courts will be closed during canopy construction.

The money for the construction is coming from the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act funds.

Construction is expected to be finished by July.   

Walkable Community Plan Needs Your Input

Walkable Community Plan Needs Your Input

With an eye toward making the region more walkable, Las Vegas officials want community input on what to include in their initial plan.

The plan area is centered in the southeast part of the city near the intersection of Eastern and Sunrise avenues, with boundaries extending in about a half-mile radius.

Residents and anyone who frequents the area are invited to view the plan and provide feedback online at www.YourVoiceVegas.com.

The plan provides a framework for establishing a safe and accessible network of community assets within a roughly 10-minute walk from the center of the plan area. The plan will not change the zoning or property land-use designations, but will focus on physical improvements, such as crosswalk enhancements, upgrading sidewalks and adding shade trees.

In addition to gathering information via YourVoiceVegas.com, the city also will be hosting four neighborhood meetings to gather community input, scheduled as follows:

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.

Park Renamed for Chief Justice

 

A park that has been around since the '60s will be getting a new name next week and a city councilman will be there for the official renaming.

City Councilman Bob Coffin will host the ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday to rename Jaycee Community Park. The park will now be named Justice Myron E. Leavitt and Jaycee Community Park.

The name was changed to honor Justice Leavitt, who besides being the chief justice of the Nevada Supreme Court, also frequented the park.

The park was originally built in 1966. The Jaycees were instrumental in making the area a park. However, the group has since disbanded and the park has gone through several renovations. As a result, the Las Vegas City Council decided to change the name.

 

 

County Working for a Winchester Turnaround

County Working for a Winchester Turnaround

County officials touting “resurgence” in the Winchester area will hold a workshop offering information about living in the community, and also are calling for artists to help beautify the neighborhood.

Starting at 11 a.m. on July 28, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, county agencies and non-profit groups will host a free event called the “Wonders of Winchester.” The event will be held at the Winchester Cultural Center at 3131 McLeod Drive, north of Desert Inn Road.

Burdened by crime and some declining sections in recent years, Winchester is benefiting from the federally backed Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), from which the county is using money to spearhead the repair of about 50 foreclosed and vacant homes.

Scow Organizes Whitney Cleanup

Scow Organizes Whitney Cleanup

 

County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow will host a neighborhood cleanup Saturday, April 21 in the Whitney area.

The cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will gather at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Whitney Elementary School, 5005 Keenan Ave., near Boulder Highway and Missouri Avenue.

At 9 a.m., they will fan out into the neighborhood to clean up trash and paint over graffiti. Dumpsters will be placed in several areas for residents to throw away unwanted household items and dispose of debris.

For more information, contact Blanca Vaquez at 455-8531 if you have questions or need information.