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Holly Madison’s dream playground project for downtown Las Vegas

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Holly Madison and Tim Allen at Salute Our Troops at the Palazzo on May 21, 2011.

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Holly Madison at Race For The Cure

Holly Madison serves as Honorary Race Marshall for the Susan G. Komen Southern Nevada Race For The Cure on May 7, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Holly Madison, Tim Allen at Salute Our Troops

Salute Our Troops at the Palazzo on May 21, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Holly Madison at 2011 Best in Show

2011 Best in Show hosted by Rita Rudner, emceed by Robin Leach and featuring Holly Madison and Josh Strickland at Orleans Arena on May 1, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest columnist is Holly Madison of Peepshow at Planet Hollywood and Holly’s World on E! Entertainment while Robin Leach takes his well-deserved annual vacation to Europe (follow him on his travels at twitter.com/robin_leach). Every day, a new column, plus the usual Strip Scribbles, Tonight’s Tips and Tomorrow’s Teases -- and you never know what Robin will dig up in the wine country north of Rome, so please check back daily.

Anybody who knows me really well knows that I’m really not one to sit around. I don’t do it well. I’m always about “what’s next.” For me, living in the present is just a way to forget about the future or put off something that you’ve always wanted to do.

I did that with my book The Showgirl Next Door. I wanted to write a book that showed a side of Las Vegas that not many people are used to seeing. Everyone always comes to Vegas and they feel like they have to do the prerequisite four or five things that everybody does. That’s great for some, but my general feeling is that in order to understand a city and experience all it has to offer, you need to see all sides of it.

Most people who come here think that the city doesn’t exist outside the four- or five-block radius of The Strip, and that’s just not true. When I moved here, I found it to be one of the best surprises that Las Vegas is a wonderful city to explore. The sheer number of historic events that happened here is astounding. That’s what I love about this place. You can come to this city, see The Strip, visit the tourist attractions and say you came here.

The real story of this city, however, is in the people who live here who helped build this city. I think in order to be a part of a community, you need to contribute to it in one way or another. That way you can feel like you accomplished something, and you can truly call a city home.

That’s why I’m moving on to “what’s next.” I’ve decided that my next project might be helping to refurbish an area of town -- creating something that can serve the community. This will call for some investigation on my part, which I love to do. I don’t honestly know how I will help, or what I will do to help. I suppose that depends entirely upon what is really needed.

When I was a kid, I remember the playground as a safe place to go. It was a place that you could go run, climb and just be free. I know that some places like that exist in Las Vegas, but they all seem to be farther away from The Strip. I want to find an area near downtown that needs some sprucing up and spend a day or two doing just that or maybe donate to a playground to give them some new equipment.

Like I said, I’m not entirely sure what I will do, but I do know that I want to give back to the city that has already given me so much in just over two years. A little bit of time spent getting your hands dirty can mean so much when the end result is something that you can be proud of. Offer up my services to help out my city.

You can’t just sit around and wait for things to happen. You have to go out and make them happen, and that’s exactly what I plan to do.

Tomorrow, VegasDeLuxe.com welcomes Adam Sperling, director of the annual Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin. Guest columnists this year include Terry Fator, Donny Osmond and cast members of Jubilee! and Jersey Boys, along with Chefs Julian Serrano and Charlie Palmer, plus other surprises including nightlife analysis by Jesse Waits and Jack Colton.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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