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City Teams with Non-Profit to Promote Trails

City Teams with Non-Profit to Promote Trails

 

The City of Las Vegas approved a $55,000 contract Wednesday with the non-profit  “Outside Las Vegas” to help maintain miles of trails.

The group will be in charge of an army of volunteers that will maintain 60 miles of trails built by the city. One of the newest trails is the Doug Selby Trailhead near Sandhill Road and Washington Avenue. It was finished on June 17.

The project will start with the selection of a volunteer coordinator to put together a detailed plan on how to get the community involved with the project.

"We have hundreds of miles of trails for walking, for biking, for equestrian purposes, just phenomenal amenities and we need people to realize that they're there and we need to make it easier for people to find out that they're there," said Mauricia Baca, Executive Director of Outside Las Vegas.

Vote for Your Favorite Park to Win Thousands

Vote for Your Favorite Park to Win Thousands

Coca-Cola wants to give thousands of dollars to America's favorite park.

The company is teaming with the National Park Foundation, America's State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association for the second annual America Is Your Park contest. The idea is for families to head into the great outdoors and enjoy state and local parks then vote for their favorite. The park with the most votes will get a $100,000 grant for improvements. You have until September 6 to submit your vote at LivePositively.com.  

Last year the title of America's Favorite Park went to Bear Head Lake State Park in Ely, Minnesota. Officials there were able to use the grant to build a warming hut for people enjoying winter sports. 

City Opens New Park

City Opens New Park

The City of Las Vegas celebrated the opening of the new Doug Selby Park and Trailhead near Washington Avenue and Sandhill Road Monday.

The park and trailhead are near the Las Vegas Wash just north of Washington Avenue. The park is on the north side of the wash while the trailhead is on the south. They are connected by a pedestrian bridge over the wash. The park includes a soccer field, basketball court, two dog runs, shade areas and restrooms. The trailhead includes a children's play area, a splashpad, an information kiosk and a shaded area for people planning to hike the Las Vegas Wash Trail.

The trail will eventually connect to a network of hiking trails that will stretch 20 miles through the Las Vegas Valley starting at Floyd Lamb State Park in the northwest and ending in the Las Vegas Wash and Wetlands in the southeast. 

Eastside Cannery "Lights It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness

The iconic Eastside Cannery building will attract even more attention on April 1st and 2nd, especially during the nighttime hours.  That's because the structure will be illuminated in blue. "Light It Up Blue" is a nationwide effort to encourage businesses and residences to light up their structures in blue light in recognition of those families affected by autism.  The Eastside Cannery, on Boulder Highway is able to change the colors displayed on the building quite easily.  There are roughly 16,000 LED lights on the exterior of the building which can be programmed to change colors or illuminate one particular shade of color.  The blue lights will be visual Friday, April 1st and Saturday April 2nd, which is World Autism Awareness Day.  Every 1 in 110 children is affected by the autism disorder.  More information on Light It Up Blue can be found at www.lightitupblue.org and www.autismspeaks.org.

 

Urban trails enable residents to explore nature without leaving city

Urban trails enable residents to explore nature without leaving city

With the area's plethora of beautiful local trails, Urban hiking is growing in popularity in the Las Vegas Valley. The Review-Journal weighs in with some of their favorites.

Karen Sikorski has seen all kinds of wildlife on her frequent walks along the trails that wind through Sunset Park's dunes.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

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.