Media Invited to Preview New Wetlands Park Nature Center With Commissioner Giunchigliani
Media are invited to join Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, to tour the new Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center Exhibit Gallery and get a sneak peak of displays getting installed.
The gallery is the centerpiece of the Nature Center, a 30,000-square-foot complex surrounded by a raised observation deck offering panoramic views of the County’s largest and most rustic park. The new exhibit gallery opens this spring along with a 100-seat auditorium and information center.
Several large semi-trucks have arrived at the gallery carrying murals, exhibits and pieces of dioramas now being installed. Items include face masks shaped like a bee and a mouse, which visitors can look through to experience the depth of vision that the critters see. A solar-powered conveyor belt is being configured at the front entrance to feature a large butterfly and other mechanical insects gliding overhead. Several colorful metal reeds and wetland plant species, each 12 to 16 feet tall, are on site. The sculpted plants will decorate the front entry and children’s play area. The play area also will feature a 12-foot snake, ride-on dragonfly and a large coot nest children can climb into.
The 2,900-acre Clark County Wetlands Park is located off Tropicana Avenue on the east side of the valley in Commissioner Giunchigliani’s District E. “Clark County Wetlands Park is a true desert oasis located in the heart of the urban Las Vegas Valley,” said Commissioner Giunchigliani. “It was created in 2001 to preserve natural wetlands and habitat area for wildlife during our building boom. The Nature Center will be a wonderful new amenity for our community that will enhance visitors’ learning experience of the park and the surrounding natural areas.”
A portion of the Nature Center complex, the administrative building, opened this fall. The complex consists of three separate buildings for energy efficiency and was designed to gold-level Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Reclaimed water from Las Vegas flows through Clark County Wetlands Park and allows a permanent wetlands plant community to thrive. The park has 13 miles of hiking trails and is home to 212 species of birds and more than 70 species of mammals and reptiles, including beavers and coyotes.
Media Note: Media interested in participating in the tour should meet at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the administrative building at Clark County Wetlands Park. The phone number is: (702) 455-7522. The park is located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about 1 mile east of Boulder Highway off Tropicana Avenue. ###
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 14th-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.