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Huntridge Circle Park Playground Reopens Next Week

The Huntridge Circle Park Playground is set to reopen next week.

The refurbished park now includes a rubber surface, shaded play structures for two age groups, new benches, and nighttime lighting.

It also has two raised planters available for community gardening use.

The reopening celebration will start at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at the park, 1251 S. Maryland Parkway. Refreshments will be offered while supplies last.

There is a limited parking at the playground. Parking is allowed in neighborhood streets, but drivers are advised not to block driveways.

City Council to Discuss Sidewalk Improvement Grant

City Council to Discuss Sidewalk Improvement Grant

The Las Vegas City Council is expected to vote on a plan to improve sidewalks in an area of downtown, during Wednesday's city council meeting.

The city council will hear an item to approve a $1 million grant that would be used to improve sidewalks in the city's Ward 1 area, which is bounded by Charleston Boulevard, Sahara Avenue, Decatur Boulevard and Valley View Boulevard.

The money would be used to repair existing sidewalks and bring them up to American with Disabilities Act standards. It would also pay for sidewalks in areas that currently don't have them.

The item is number 22 on the council's agenda.

Lorenzi Park Set to Reopen After Renovations

Lorenzi Park Set to Reopen After Renovations

With a $30 million renovation complete, Lorenzi Park will reopen to the public next weekend.

The park, located at West Washington Avenue and Twin Lakes Drive, will reopen at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. There also will be a back-to-school fair beginning at 8 a.m. at Sammy Davis Festival Plaza in the park.

New amenities include new tennis courts, baseball fields and basketball courts as well as a new band shell on an island in the middle of one of the park’s twin lakes. There is also a new splash pad, children’s play areas, picnic and shade structures.

Free Day at State Museums Saturday

To mark their newly expanded schedules, Nevada’s state museums will offer free admission Saturday.

The seven museums include two in southern Nevada. Train rides at the railroad museum Boulder City will be half-price.

The two southern Nevada locations are:

New Garside Pool Begins Construction Next Week

New Garside Pool Begins Construction Next Week

Groundbreaking for a new community pool will take place at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday near Garside Junior High School.

The new pool will be situated between the school’s basketball and tennis courts. It is set to replace the original Garside Pool, built in 1971. The new pool should be open in June 2014.

“I have looked forward to beginning construction on this new pool for Ward 1 residents for such a long time,” Las Vegas Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian said in a statement. “Now the time has finally arrived. By next summer, there should be a wonderful new pool for families to enjoy, at last.”

The new aquatic facility will feature a zero-depth play area with play structures and slide; a heated, four-lane lap pool with a one-meter diving board; two 19-foot-high water slides; locker rooms, showers, landscaping, an entry plaza and a shark bike rack. The entry plaza will include a splash pad water feature.

Symphony Park Bridge Set to Open

Symphony Park Bridge Set to Open

As downtown redevelopment efforts continue, an important link between projects will open next week.

The new Symphony Park Pedestrian Bridge will officially open at 10 a.m. Wednesday. A ceremony will take place at the western base of the new bridge in Symphony Park.

Members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nevada Ballet Theater will be on hand for the opening ceremony.

The new bridge spans the railroad tracks to provide access for residents and visitors to walk between downtown and Symphony Park. The bridge also provides a path for those wanting to park at the City Hall garage and visit The Smith Center, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health or the Discovery Children’s Museum.

The project cost $4.5 million, with funding coming from a $500,000 federal grant through the Federal Highway Administration, $3.6 million in Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds, and $400,000 from the city of Las Vegas general fund.