On Friday, October 25, 2013 the grand opening of the Craig Ranch Regional Park located at the northeast corner of Craig Road and Commerce Street in North Las Vegas became a reality. Craig Ranch is the former site of the old Craig Ranch Golf Course, and was purchased by the City with funding from Southern Nevada Lands Management Act.
The Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA), pronounced snip la ma, became a law in October 1998 and it allowed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sell public land within a specific boundary around Las Vegas, Nevada. The revenue derived from land sales is split between the State of Nevada General Education Fund (5%), the Southern Nevada Water Authority (10%), and a special account available to the Secretary of the Interior for projects like Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas (PTNA). Craig Ranch Regional Park was brought to the BLM during Round Four proposals and was successfully selected as a project to fund at a project cost of $41,724,069.
This funding allowed the City of North Las Vegas to purchase the Craig Ranch Golf Course. The 132 acres located within the metropolitan area of Las Vegas Valley is surrounded by residential and commercial activity. The property provides unique resources that will be used as a municipal park, and will include regional and local trail systems providing linkage to the greater Southern Nevada Parks and Trails Master Plan system. The development of the majority of the property as a bird sanctuary and interpretative site will promote passive co-existence between nature and man, becoming a destination location for children and wildlife enthusiasts. The remainder will be developed into family recreational facility to promote active youth and adult pursuits, such a soccer, baseball, and other activities.
Click the photo below for a 360º Aerial Tour of the Craig Ranch Regional Park.