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Second Phase of Raptor Play Park Opens Saturday

Second Phase of Raptor Play Park Opens Saturday

The grand opening of the second phase of the Raptor Play Park is set for this weekend at Tropical Parkway and Durango Drive.

The opening party will start at 10 a.m. Saturday. Light refreshments will be offered while supplies last.

The park is part of the 10-acre Thunderbird Family Sports Complex. The main feature is a one-quarter scale replica of an F-22 Raptor Stealth Fighter. The fighter was selected because of its use by the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base.

The sports complex is dedicated to the United States Air Force and all the military families in the Las Vegas valley.

Construction on the second phase of the park started in July. The $1.1 million project is now finished and includes landscaping, lighted sidewalks, a picnic shade shelter, benches, tables, and street improvements.

The first phase included a restroom, turf, covered playground area, fitness exercise area and a splash pad water feature.

Event to Celebrate Improvements at Raptor Play Park

Event to Celebrate Improvements at Raptor Play Park

 

The grand opening of phase two of the Raptor Play Park in the Thunderbird Family Sports Complex will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

The 10-acre sports complex is located at 6105 N. Durango Drive, at the northwest corner of Tropical Parkway and Durango. Some light refreshments will be available.

The F-22 Raptor is the centerpiece of the park, appearing to fly above a monument plaza with contrail-shaped curved steel beams anchored in a concrete base providing support. The Raptor was selected due to its use in the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base. The Thunderbird Family Sports Complex pays tribute to the United States Air Force and all military families in the  valley.

City, Base Personnel to Lead Cleanup Event

City, Base Personnel to Lead Cleanup Event

The City of North Las Vegas and Nellis Air Force Base active duty personnel are leading a community cleanup to clear out dumping areas and debris near the base grounds.

The cleanup starts at 8 a.m. Sunday. The group will work on an area bounded by East El Campo Grande Avenue, Linn Lane and North Sloan Lane, just outside the base’s main gate. This area has been a much-used dump site and is littered with broken glass and garbage.

Neighborhood stability and blight avoidance are the purposes of the cleanup. To join the effort, contact North Las Vegas Outreach Coordinator Kathi Thomas-Gibson at 633-5632. 

Playground, Water Area Among Upgrades at Alexander Villas Park

Playground, Water Area Among Upgrades at Alexander Villas Park

 

A Nellis-area park will show off its new upgrades Saturday at a grand reopening party.

New playground equipment and an improved and much larger water play area are among the amenities added to the Alexander Villas Park, 3620 Lincoln Road, where a celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park is near the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard North and Lamb Boulevard.

There will be face painting, balloon artists, bounce houses and food at the free event. Representatives from the Clark County Commission District D Office, which oversees this area, will also be at the event.

Cleanups Mark Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week

Cleanups Mark Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week

The first week of May marks Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week throughout the state and cleanup activities are planned in conjunction.

The Clark County Fire Department is partnering with local, federal and state agencies to support the effort.

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.

 

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.