Children dig dinos in Aliante

One of the most visible amenities of the Aliante master-planned community in North Las Vegas is Nature Discovery Park, which features a child-friendly "dino dig" play area.

The dinosaur-themed part of the 20-acre Nature Discovery Park was designed to educate youngsters on paleontology and prehistoric creatures, within an active play environment. Nature Discovery is often referred to as "The Dinosaur Park" because of its dino dig.

Located adjacent to the park's lake and waterfalls, the area combines play zones that include a dig site, dinosaur egg-hatching area and a large mud bank wall that depicts half-exhumed ribs and a portion of a replica Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Children can enter and exit the dino dig site through a 26-foot-high, fossilized replica Triceratops head. Nearby, a huge play structure features thatched roofs and is fashioned to depict paleontologists' living quarters. These huts rise more than 38 feet above the excavation site and feature a series of curving slides that can deliver children back down to the digging site.

Nearby, parents can watch the action from benches and picnic tables, some of them shaded by structures depicting flying pterodactyls.

Dan Naef, senior vice president of North Valley Enterprises, the developer of Aliante, said Nature Discovery Park was one of the first major outdoor amenities completed in Aliante.

"From the very beginning, we wanted Nature Discovery Park to serve as a showpiece -- a representation of the level of the quality home buyers could expect in all aspects of the Aliante master plan," Naef said. "No expense was spared in making Nature Discovery Park the one-of-a-kind facility it is in Southern Nevada, and along with incorporating a wide range of conventional park apparatus, we included this special dinosaur-themed zone for children.

"Children often learn through play and this is a play area where kids can not only exercise their motor skills, but use their imaginations, create their own games and, perhaps, develop a desire to learn more about prehistoric life and the subject of paleontology," Naef said.

Nature Discovery Park also offers a myriad of recreational opportunities, including tennis and bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits and a volleyball stadium. Other features of the park include a large group ramada for picnics and events, three full-size soccer fields, a children's wet play area with a spraying waterserpent, shade structures, picnic tables and benches.

Along with Nature Discovery Park, two additional city parks are located within Aliante. North Valley Enterprises donated the land for all three city parks, funded construction costs and then deeded the properties to the city of North Las Vegas upon completion, Naef said.

The 10-acre Deer Springs Park, at the southeast corner of Deer Springs Way and Aviary Way, is adjacent to the Theron H. and Naomi D. Goynes Elementary School, which opened in 2005. The park features basketball courts, two ball fields, a tot lot and several picnic ramadas.

On the north side of the community, on Aviary Way, just north of Interstate 215, the Las Vegas Beltway, the 15-acre Aviary Park features lighted soccer fields, lighted baseball and softball fields, basketball courts, picnic ramadas and a tot lot.

Three home builders are offering new homes in five Aliante neighborhoods.

The Fields at Aliante, by Astoria Homes, features a selection of homes that range from 2,228 to 3,374 square feet and are priced from the low $300,000s.

Prominence, by Astoria Homes, is a gated neighborhood of two-story homes ranging from 2,830 to 4,449 square feet and priced from the high $300,000s.

Sun City Aliante, by Del Webb, is an age-qualified community offering single-story homes that range from 1,155 to 1,716 square feet, priced from the mid-$200,000s.

Springdale, by Pardee Homes, is now in the final closeout phase with only a few homes available. The gated neighborhood offers one- and two-story floor plans ranging from 1,990 to 3,289 square feet and priced from the high $200,000s.

Autumn Ridge, by Pardee Homes, is a gated neighborhood that offers one- and two-story homes ranging from 2,695 to 4,245 square feet, priced from the high $300,000s.

North Valley Enterprises LLC is an affiliate of American Nevada Co. and Pulte Homes. Encompassing more than 1,900 acres, Aliante is bordered roughly by Grand Teton Drive, Centennial Parkway, Decatur Boulevard and Clayton Street. I-215 bisects Aliante, providing access to Interstate 15 and U.S. Highway 95.

About 428 acres in Aliante are designated for recreational and public purposes, including the three city parks, an arroyo and more than 24 miles of lighted concrete trails and linear parks.

Along with Goynes Elementary School, plans for the community include an additional elementary school and a middle school, all of which would be built by the Clark County School District. A new fire station opened in 2004 and the Aliante Library, located adjacent to the Nature Discovery Park, opened in 2006.

About 100 acres in Aliante are allocated for commercial development, including the Aliante Corporate Center office park.

Information regarding new homes and neighborhoods in Aliante can be obtained at the Aliante Information Gallery, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Information can also be obtained at or by calling 866-787-2951.