HISTORY OF THE WALNUT RECREATION CENTER
Since 1998, the Walnut Recreation Center has been the only Clark County recreation/resource facility in the lower northeast area of Las Vegas. It started as a 3-wide trailer named the Walnut-Cecile Community Center. The community center offered free outreach recreation to more than 1000 kids from surrounding neighborhoods as well as provide recreation to approximately 100 kids at the trailer site daily. We used Clark County vans to offer outreach recreation to the neighborhood children in surrounding apartment complexes. In these areas, the recreation need was tremendous, and our outreach program was very successful. As a result, in 2002, Clark County invested over 10 million dollars, using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, to build a 41,000 sq. ft, full-service recreation center for this and surrounding communities.
The present Walnut Recreation Center offers a variety of free and paid programs and services. Since its inception, the Walnut has grown to accommodate the 89115 community, a good portion of North Las Vegas, and the Nellis Air Force Base. The ultimate goal for Walnut is to develop a "community campus" that meets all of the needs, recreation and resources in the northeast area. By assessing and fulfilling the needs of this community, this feat can be accomplished. The future for Walnut is bright.
The Walnut Recreation Center is an over 50,000 square-foot multi-generation facility that offers a variety of recreational and educational activities for nearly 10,000 patrons per month. The Walnut Recreation Center in located in the lower northeast area of Las Vegas at 3075 N. Walnut Road, Las Vegas, NV 89115. The major cross streets are E. Cheyenne and Las Vegas Blvd., North.
The Walnut Recreation Center is open Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and closed on Sunday. We service the surrounding neighborhoods of Walnut in northeast Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and the Nellis Air Force Base. Reservable rooms are available to rent for special occasions, 7 days a week. The amenities include a multi-generational recreation center, fitness room, an adjacent outdoor residential park, a neighborhood water park, and reservable outdoor sports and practice fields.
Based on the statistics by the US Census Bureau (2000 Census Tract Block Group Data), the estimated population within this service area is 91,175, from pre-school to seniors. As is stands, 77% of the families in this northeast area have incomes that are considered low to moderate, and 41% have children under age 18, with incomes under the poverty level.
Completed in June 2013, and field space is available for rentals. Please contact 455-8402 for more information.
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