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Neighbors want answers on future of regional park


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Neighbors want answers on future of regional park

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Dec 17, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Roughly eight months after groundbreaking, a regional park in the southwest part of the valley has yet to fully take shape and some neighbors are tired of waiting.

Mountain's Edge Regional Park is planned for a lot on Mountain's Edge Parkway near Buffalo Drive. Right now, the site is fenced off and mostly empty.

"Just take a look out here," said neighbor Jody Smith. "I don't see anything."

Smith said he purposely bought a home near the planned park a few years ago.

"My grandparents, my mom, they walk in the morning," Smith said. "It'd definitely be something ideal for them to just cross the street and go to."

Clark County leaders broke ground on the project on April 30, 2013. Roughly eight months later, still no park. Frustrated, Smith emailed Action News.

"I was expecting to see bulldozers or at least some tractors or some men out here working," Smith said.

In fact, the only construction noise in the area on Tuesday came from a nearby residential community. Other neighbors said they're watching and waiting, too.

"It's supposed to be a very nice idea," said neighbor Dejan Zoric. "We're looking forward to having it but as of right now, this is it."

So what's going on?

While the site may not look busy, Clark County is working on the project, county spokesman Dan Kulin said. The county said grading - or leveling of the ground - is almost done and the design is ready. 

Phase one is on track to finish by late spring of 2014, Kulin said, which is the same time frame announced by the county at groundbreaking. Plans call for the first phase to include 15 acres of trails, play areas and picnic areas. Total price tag: $8 million. 

The park site includes a total of 220 acres that will be developed as funding becomes available, the county said. The county is in the early process of planning four baseball fields for the park but no construction date is set yet, Kulin said.

"If they can finish it in 2014, fantastic," said Smith, who will be watching in the meantime.