Park in The Arts District Will Make Way For Future Sculpture Garden
The city of Las Vegas Department of Public Works plans to begin construction on a new public park on Boulder Avenue in downtown Las Vegas. Work is scheduled to start Monday, July 13, and will take approximately six months to complete.
During the construction Boulder Avenue, between Main and First streets, will be completely closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Access to businesses on Boulder Avenue will be maintained via Main Street to Coolidge Avenue to First Street. Traffic lane restrictions can also be expected on Main Street, and on First Street, near the construction on Boulder.
Work will be done during the day and some construction will occur during the overnight hours.
Following completion of the improvements, this block of Boulder Avenue will be permanently closed to vehicular traffic so that it will become a pedestrian right of way to access the new quarter-acre park that will feature walkways, park lighting, landscaping, benches and fencing. When completed, the park will serve as a future sculpture garden for “18b,” the Las Vegas Arts District.
“Building this park is the next in a series of improvements that are underway in downtown Las Vegas,” said Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese, who represents this area. “Even with our challenging economy, our plans for downtown are steadily becoming a reality and we’re putting people to work.”
Funding for this $695,000 improvement project is provided by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA). That law states that money from the sale of public lands in southern Nevada stay in the area for public parks, recreation and trails projects.
The improvements are slated for completion in early 2010.