Henderson chooses engineering firm for park project

An engineering firm will provide design services for the Boulder Creek Park project in the amount of $132,500 under an agreement approved Tuesday by the Henderson City Council.

The council voted unanimously to approve the professional services agreement between the city and Slater Hanifan Group Inc., an engineering firm with offices in Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Boulder Creek Park will be near the Boulder Creek housing development at Boulder Highway and Equestrian Drive.

Kim Becker, spokeswoman for the Henderson Parks and Recreation Department, said Woodside Homes built the neighborhood and planned to build a $6 million park. Becker said the city approved a master plan for the park, but the developer lacked the funding to complete the project.

The city acquired the land in 2010 and will revise the design of the park based on its available budget.

Becker said the city will use about $2 million in residential construction tax money, as well as $425,000 in Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act funds, to build the park.

The act, which became law in 1998, allows the Bureau of Land Management to sell public land within a specific boundary around Las Vegas. Some of the revenue derived from land sales is set aside for parks, trails and other natural areas.

Becker said the city has asked Slater Hanifan to revise the design of the park based on the new budget. She said the 10-acre park will have a turf area, lighting, a basketball court, a playground and a shade structure.

The spokeswoman said she expects the city to seek bids for the construction contract sometime this fall. Once the contract is awarded, construction should be completed within six to nine months, she said.

Contact reporter Carri Geer Thevenot at cgeer@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0264.