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Bettye Wilson Soccer Park in Contest for $100,000

Bettye Wilson Soccer Park in Contest for $100,000

 

A nationwide contest to earn money for community park improvements could net a local soccer complex as much as $100,000.

City of Las Vegas officials encourage residents to help win $100,000 in improvements for Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex by participating in an effort to register votes in the “America Is Your Park” contest, sponsored by the Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative.

Residents can vote online for this park, located adjacent to Cimarron-Memorial High School near Lake Mead Boulevard and Tenaya Way, at LivePositively.com/parks

F-22 Exhibit to be Centerpiece of Park Construction

F-22 Exhibit to be Centerpiece of Park Construction

The next phase of construction has starte on a unique Las Vegas park.

Construction of Phase 2 of the Raptor Play Park started Monday. The project will add landscaping and turf areas, lighted sidewalk extensions, a picnic shade shelter, benches and tables, and a full-scale F-22 Raptor Stealth Fighter Jet exhibit to the existing park located at the northwest corner of Tropical Parkway and Durango Road.

The F-22 Raptor is the namesake of the park that opened in February 2011 in Centennial Hills. The exhibit will be the visual centerpiece of the park, with its full-scale replica of the fighter jet appearing to fly above the monument plaza, with curved steel beams providing support.

Caesars Hosts National Kids to Parks Day

Caesars Entertainment will be teaming up with the National Park Trust to encourage families to come out for National Kids to Parks Day.

The day is dedicated to getting families to go to national, state and local parks to enjoy all the outdoor activities the areas have to offer. Caesars Entertainment will be holding an event Saturday at Centennial Hills Park, 7150 N. Buffalo Drive. The day will be coordinated with the City of Las Vegas Corporate Challenge closing ceremonies. Kids will be able to challenge an obstacle course, learn about gardening in an herb-planting event, enjoy a healthy snack and get a chance to take a picture with Buddy Bison, the official mascot of National Park Trust.

A disc jockey will entertain the crowd and prizes will be given out to participating children.

Anthony, Youngsters to Plant Arbor Day Tree in Majestic Park

Anthony, Youngsters to Plant Arbor Day Tree in Majestic Park

 

Las Vegas Councilman Stavros Anthony will join first- and second-grade classes from Eileen Conners Elementary School to plant a shoestring acacia tree at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, in Majestic Park in honor of Arbor Day.

The children also will bury a time capsule with the tree. Majestic Park is located at 3997 Hualapai Way. The tree will be planted near the Hualapai/Alexander Road entrance. 

Laura Eisenberg, a community forester with the Nevada Division of Forestry, will present the city with a Tree City USA flag, marking the 20th year Las Vegas has earned this recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation because of its program to care for community trees.

Lack of Snow Closes Mt. Charleston Sledding Area

 

The snow isn't coming anywhere in the West and Mt. Charleston is no exception.

Lack of snow on Mt. Charleston has forced the U.S. Forest Service to close its designated sledding area in Lee Canyon until snow levels reach 12 inches.

The unusually warm, dry winter weather has melted much of last month’s snowfall, revealing patches of dirt.

“The current condition is very hazardous for sledding,” said Gar Abbas, Acting Area Manager for the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. “Exposed rocks and roots, combined with occasional icy patches, pose extreme danger to our visitors."

In addition to being dangerous, sledding when there is less than a foot of snow on the ground can permanently damage plants and soil. Visitors are still welcome to visit the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area for other activities. The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort makes its own snow and is open for business.

Sleigh Bells Ring in Winter Wonderland

Options for winter fun abound just outside Las Vegas.

Luke and Spartacus are dressed in their long winter coats, patiently waiting for the people who will ride with them. Ta-Uch, their driver, greets everyone warmly.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal