Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 | 2 a.m.
A 100-acre Henderson Park is in the early phases of construction and should be ready to open by the end of summer, a city official said.
Crews are moving earth and restructuring a man-made lake at what will become Cornerstone Park, at Stephanie Street and Wigwam Parkway, said Henderson Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Kim Becker.
The contractor is also busy removing tamarisk, an invasive plant that generally kills other trees and plants.
The park will feature a 25-acre lake, but it will be off-limits for swimming and other water recreation because storm runoff means the city can’t control water quality, Becker said.
“But it attracts birds and is great for bird watching,” she said.
The park will have play structures, a tot lot, bathrooms and a large picnic pavilion that will be able to accommodate up to 1,000 guests for corporate picnics and other events. Visitors will find paved and soft-surface trails throughout the property.
The city hopes to eventually connect the park to Pittman Wash and the Union Pacific Railroad Trail.
Funding for Cornerstone Park came from $16.4 million from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act through the Bureau of Land Management.