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Park Named for Former Las Vegas City Manager Opens Monday
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Park Named for Former Las Vegas City Manager Opens Monday

A new park named for a former Las Vegas city manager opens Monday.

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Councilman Gary Reese, former City Manager Douglas A. Selby and city officials will celebrate the grand opening of Doug A. Selby Park and Trailhead at 9 a.m. on Monday, located on the Las Vegas Wash off Sandhill Road just north of Washington Avenue.

The park is on the north side of the wash and a trailhead is located on the south side.  A bridge over the Las Vegas Wash connects the two. The park amenities include a lighted synthetic turf soccer field, a full-size lighted basketball court, large and small dog runs, reservable shade shelter and a restroom.  Amenities for the trailhead include a splashpad, shaded children’s play area, reservable shade shelter, information kiosk and a shade area for users of the Las Vegas Wash Trail.

Funding for the $3.3 million project was provided by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands, as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act. This act allows money from Nevada federal land sales to be used in the state for park and trail projects.

“The Douglas A. Selby Park and Trailhead tie directly into the Las Vegas Wash Trail, which will ultimately feature 20 miles of trails throughout the valley connecting Floyd Lamb Park to the Clark County Wetlands Park and the Lake Mead National Recreation area,” said Councilman Reese, who represents the area. “The new park will be a tremendous addition to the Ward 3 community and I am pleased that we can honor former City Manager Doug Selby for helping make this project happen during his tenure.”

The city of Las Vegas, including the Planning Department, the Operations and Maintenance Department and its Real Estate Division, and the Trust for Public Land, worked on the acquisition of the parcel for the park for more than two years. The trust is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands and other natural places. 

Selby left his position in January 2009.

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