Park Level of Service Standard

Park Level of Service Standard

The Level of Service (LOS) Standard for urban unincorporated Clark County is 2.5 acres of programmable park space for every 1000 residents. The rural community LOS is 6.0 acres per 1000 population. The current LOS is 2.0 acres/1000 population for the unincorporated portion of the Las Vegas Valley and 7.0 LOS for the rural County.

An LOS park standard was first established in the 1974 Local Park Code and further defined by the revised 1984 Local Park Code. In 1992 the Local Park Code was repealed and replaced with an ordinance which was silent to the past spatial park standard. In 1999 the Southern Nevada Strategic Planning Authority recommended a park standard of 2.5 acres per 1000 population. Following this the 1999 Parks & Recreation Master Plan recommended the adoption of the 2.5 acre per 1000 population standard.

The Strategic Planning Authority and Park Master Plan recommendations were given more credence in 2001 when the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition recognized the need for the County and municipalities to adopt spatial park standards. With this support, in 2009 the Board of County Commissioners adopted an urban LOS of 2.5 acre per 1000 population within the Clark County Parks, Trails, and Open Space Element of the Clark County Comprehensive Plan.

Increasing the County’s urban LOS from its current level of 2.0 acres/1000 population to the adopted standard of 2.5 acres/1000 population will be phased in over many years. The County’s policy is to close this gap by 2035. The following chart shows the incremental increase in park acres needed as population grows to meet the LOS goal by 2035.
Comparative Park Acreage Analysis

Park LOS and the park composition goal are used to help monitor development progress and identify gaps in service. Clearly identifying the need for park development helps to focus limited financial resources on the County’s very specific park development role (see Park Development Funding).