Courtesy of City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
Friday, July 20, 2012 | 2 a.m.
With construction progressing on Henderson’s Cornerstone Park at Stephanie Street and Wigwam Parkway, Kim Becker fields a familiar question.
“A lot of people ask, ‘When is it going to be open?” said Becker, communications and marketing supervisor for Henderson’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The answer is Oct. 6 — which is also the date the 100-acre park will host the Southern Nevada Trails Day Celebration. Cornerstone Park will be connected to two trails: the Pittman Wash and Union Pacific Railroad trails.
Funded with a $16.4 million grant from the federal Bureau of Land Management, the park has been under construction since the beginning of the year.
Initial work has involved moving dirt, restructuring a 25-acre lake and removing tamarisk, an invasive plant species.
“That tamarisk removal can take a long time,” Becker said. “But if you don’t get it out, you’re going to have all kinds of problems because it’s going to kill everything else.”
Construction is now focused on a large picnic area on the west side of the lake that eventually will be available for groups to reserve for events.
The park will also feature basketball and volleyball courts, shade structures, barbecues, picnic tables and, sometime in the future, a tot lot and play structures.