Visitors at Clark County Wetlands Park are advised to watch for construction activity related to the Tropicana Weir project being built along the Las Vegas Wash within the boundaries of the park.
Construction on the large weir begins the first week of January and is expected to continue through mid-2018. The main entrance point for the construction site will be off East Hollywood Boulevard, about 2 miles east of East Desert Inn Road, on the north side of the wash. Trucks and equipment will be using Hollywood Boulevard to access the construction site throughout the project. Hikers, birdwatchers and other visitors crossing the North Loop Trail and Sunrise Connector Trail will be closest to the activity, and should follow the instructions of flaggers who will be stationed at those intersections to ensure safety. Construction will take place Mondays through Thursdays, and the worksite itself will be fenced off.
Every effort will be made to minimize the impact on park visitors as long-term trail closures are not expected; however there may be the need for temporary trail closures of the North Loop Trail and Sunrise Connector Trail during construction. Information about the current status of trails can be found on the Wetlands Park website, ClarkCountyNV.gov/wetlandspark, or by calling the Nature Center. Visitor Maps have been updated to show the construction area and are available for download on the Park website.
The Tropicana Weir will be the 20th of 21 permanent dam-like structures constructed along a 7-mile stretch of the wash that runs from the northwest corner of Clark County Wetlands Park to the Lake Las Vegas on the east side of the park. Weirs are built to prevent erosion and slow down the flow of reclaimed water running into Lake Mead. The network of weirs is overseen by the Southern Nevada Water Authority.
The Tropicana Weir will be located on the eastern edge of the 210-acre Nature Preserve at Clark County Wetlands Park, which includes the Wetlands Park Nature Center and many of the park's 20 miles of hiking trails. The main entrance of Clark County Wetlands Park is located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about 1 mile east of Boulder Highway off Tropicana Avenue. Some visitors also access the park by parking along Hollywood Boulevard near the Sunrise Trailhead, which is currently closed due to vandalism.
To find out more about hikes, story times and other activities at Clark County Wetlands Park visit the county's website. At 2,900 acres, Clark County Wetlands Park is one of the largest urban wetlands in the Southwest. Most of the park is undeveloped and shaped by urban water runoff and reclaimed water that flows through the Las Vegas Wash and into Lake Mead. More than 312 species of birds and 70 species of mammals and reptiles have been spotted in the park, including beavers, coyotes, bobcats and snakes. The Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Outdoor hours in the park are dawn to dusk. The telephone number is (702) 455-7522.