North Las Vegas, Nevada - North Las Vegas is pleased to announce Craig Ranch Regional Park opens to the public at 9 a.m. on Nevada Day, Friday, Oct. 25, with a free celebration and evening concert.
“Happy birthday, Nevada!” Mayor John Lee said. “Our City has worked hard to bring this vision to life. Let’s enjoy it on Nevada Day and throughout the year.”
The celebration aims to give the public an unprecedented experience of the 170-acre park, 628 W. Craig Ranch Road. This event includes food, music, demonstrations on the new “adventure play” playgrounds, garden tutorials, tennis exhibitions and more. Festivities will go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a surprise celebrity concert at 6 p.m.
“We expect Craig Ranch Regional Park will become a destination for day trips, parties, sports, fitness walks – something for everyone,” said Mike Henley, Community Services and Development deputy director.
Craig Ranch Regional Park offers fun and recreation, from a five-acre dog park to 64 community garden plots, a four-bowl skate park, athletic fields and bucolic scenery to multiple playgrounds and gazebos for weddings, corporate retreats and birthday parties. Craig Ranch is the perfect place to Nurture Your Nature!
“Our residents for years have been looking forward to this day,” said Jim Olive, chairman of the City’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “I’m so proud to be part of this legacy project.”
The $130 million transformation of the regional park from a golf course is the latest chapter in the historic site’s storied past. It was settled by pioneers in 1905. It was farmed by the McFarland family, who struggled to keep the ranch viable despite challenging terrain. They abandoned the ranch in 1925. Several years later, George Craig and his family took over. They battled the desert and flash floods to keep it going until the 1960s, when they sold it to John Stimson, a Utah businessman who turned Craig Ranch into a golf course, which he operated until 2005.
The City of North Las Vegas bought the land with funds granted from the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act and in 2009 proceeded with a groundbreaking ceremony for its citizen-driven plan to convert the golf course into a landmark destination and public park.