Commissioner Scow Invites Residents to Celebrate Completion of Renovations at Sunset Park May 4
Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow invites residents to join her to celebrate the grand opening of a new and improved Sunset Park now that a major renovation effort is complete.
A dedication ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, near the new splash pad and playground area just north of the administrative building at Sunset Park. The park is located at 2601 E. Sunset Road at Eastern Avenue.
“As one of Clark County’s oldest and largest parks, Sunset Park holds a special place in the hearts of many Southern Nevadans,” said Commissioner Scow, whose District G in the central and southeast part of the Las Vegas Valley includes the park. “Our goal was to add urban amenities to the park such as a new playground and walking paths and still maintain its natural feel and environment. I know visitors will enjoy a whole new experience when they visit Sunset Park this spring and summer. I hope many residents will join us on May 4 and beyond to enjoy the park.”
The renovation project, formally known as Phase 2 of the Sunset Park master plan, started in June 2011. Seventy-five of the park’s 325 acres have under gone significant improvements. Much of the upgrades occurred around Sunset Lake, including the addition of a walking loop with exercise stations, lake-edge lighting, a new 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 community’s hottest months. 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.
Located just 5 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Sunset Park has historical importance in Clark County. At the center of the park is the last remaining portion of sand dunes that once stretched across the southern part of the valley. The site was home to early ranchers and Native Americans, drawn there by water from artesian wells and plentiful food-bearing trees and plants. Paiute Indians inhabited the area and traded seeds, nuts and turquoise with visitors. Water still flows naturally under the park and provides irrigation.
The new Sunset Reservations Office located near the administrative building is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The office was a ranch house building that now offers bicycle, sports gear and equipment rentals. Reservations for picnic facilities, ball fields and other amenities also can be booked through the office or by calling (702) 455-8200.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 42 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.