Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 | 1:01 p.m.
Construction on Charlie Frias Park, located at the corner of Tropicana Avenue and Decatur Boulevard, is set to begin in October after years of planning and waiting.
Commissioner Susan Brager said in an interview Tuesday that the 28-acre park, which would contain the Lower Flamingo Wash Detention Basin, would be finished about 18 months after work began.
The park will feature four multi-use athletic fields, two playgrounds, picnic pavilions, walking paths, a dog park and a horseshoe area.
The $15 million project, paid for by a grant from the Bureau of Land Management, has been in the planning stages since before Brager took office in 2007, she said. A number of issues, including moving a homeless population that used to live in the area, slowed the project’s momentum, she said.
Brager also said she hoped the county could open portions of the park as they were finished. She plans to hold a contest at nearby schools to name the various areas within the park.
Frias was a well-known philanthropist who received recognition from former Gov. Kenny Guinn and Sen. Harry Reid. Charlie and Phyllis Frias Elementary School in Southern Highlands bears the name of he and his wife. He died in 2006.