Bill would allow for additional athletic fields and construction of a recreation center
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Working to improve one of the most popular parks in Las Vegas, U.S. Senator Harry Reid introduced legislation today that would transfer approximately eight acres of federal land to the City of Las Vegas to allow for the expansion of Ed Fountain Park.
“For many years Ed Fountain Park has been home to youth sports games and practices, family picnics and reunions,” said Reid. “This legislation will help guarantee those same recreational opportunities for future generations of Nevadans as well.”
“Parks are where Las Vegas families come for fun, to play sports, and to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions. Ed Fountain Park is already widely-used and this land transfer will enable the City of Las Vegas to expand this community treasure at a time when additional space for recreation in the Las Vegas Valley is at a premium,” said Congresswoman Shelley Berkley.
The City of Las Vegas contacted Reid recently to express their interest in expanding Fountain Park by acquiring land next to the park. The City intends to use the space for additional athletic fields, and for a recreation center that could also house office space for non-profit groups.
“The City of Las Vegas is grateful to Senator Reid and Congresswoman Berkley for their efforts in helping with the acquisition of this land for the expansion of Ed Fountain Park. This park expansion will provide land for a proposed development of a much needed Community Center, expansion of the park itself and development of facilities for on-going recreational programs for our residents in this area and entire City. The provision of this land and expansion of Ed Fountain Park is another step in the achievement of a City of Las Vegas Council priority to promote healthy lifestyles for all segments of the community,” said Las Vegas Councilman Lawrence Weekly.
The land that will be transferred to the city previously served as the headquarters for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, which has now moved to the joint Fish and Wildlife Service, BLM, and Forest Service office in North Las Vegas. The parcel is now vacant except for a single empty historical structure that would be part of the conveyance.
The Fish and Wildlife Service is not authorized to transfer parcels administratively, so legislation is needed to facilitate the transfer. Reid’s bill will now go to the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee. Nevada Representative Shelly Berkley introduced a companion bill in the House yesterday.