Nearly 40 Summerlin residents who share a passion for Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area recently attended the second annual Summerlin Friends of Red Rock Canyon event. The annual event is hosted by The Howard Hughes Corp. for community residents who join Friends of Red Rock Canyon, a non profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of Red Rock Canyon.
This year's event featured a late afternoon and sunset hike, barbecue and moonlight concert at the Red Springs campground. The hike was conducted by Athena Sparks, director of interpretive services for the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association. Sparks taught residents about the area's unique geologic, archeological and ecological features as well as its vegetation.
"The protection and preservation of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a top priority for us," said Tom Warden, senior vice president of community and government relations for The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of Summerlin. "Long before Summerlin development began, we worked diligently with environmental organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, to ensure we did our part to buffer Red Rock Canyon and surrounding areas from future development.
"Through the years, we have partnered with Friends of Red Rock Canyon, the Bureau of Land Management and the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association, to support their efforts in protecting this pristine area."
The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of Summerlin, and Friends of Red Rock Canyon launched the Summerlin Friends of Red Rock Canyon campaign in 2007. The goal of this ongoing outreach effort is to encourage Summerlin residents to join the organization with a $250 donation that helps fund the organization's efforts as stewards of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
"Our goal was to unite environmentally conscious Summerlin residents with an already well-established organization dedicated to caring for the Red Rock Canyon region," Warden said.
Summerlin residents who join Friends of Red Rock Canyon via a $250 donation receive all the standard benefits of membership with the organization, along with a few special perks funded by The Howard Hughes Corp., including Summerlin Friends of Red Rock T-shirts and window stickers. They also enjoy the opportunity to attend events exclusively for members, such as the recent sunset hike, barbecue and moonlight concert.
According to Pat Williams, president of Friends of Red Rock Canyon, The Howard Hughes Corp. has long been an exceptional friend to the non profit groups that promote the protection of Red Rock Canyon.
"We greatly appreciate The Howard Hughes Corp.'s ongoing support of our efforts," she said. "The company has contributed significant time and resources to ensure others can enjoy this area for generations to come. The Howard Hughes Corp. is truly a friend of Red Rock Canyon."
Since its inception in 1984, Friends of Red Rock Canyon has provided more than 500,000 volunteer hours and more than $1 million in financial support for the preservation and protection of Red Rock Canyon.
Summerlin residents interested in joining Summerlin Friends of Red Rock Canyon should call Vicki Sudduth at 515-5360.
Developed by The Howard Hughes Corp., an affiliate of General Growth Properties Inc., Summerlin began to take shape in 1990. Summerlin is a 22,500-acre master-planned community located along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley.
The community is home to more than 95,000 residents. With approximately 7,500 acres still to develop, including its urban core, Summerlin Centre, Summerlin is continuing to unfold.
The community is home to more than 100 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of the Summerlin trail system, houses of worship, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and more than 100 actively selling floor plans.
Homes are available in a variety of styles -- from single-family homes to townhomes, condominiums and lofts -- priced from the upper $200,000s to more than $2 million.
Custom home sites in The Ridges are priced from the $500,000s.
Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the upper $800s.
For more information on Summerlin, visit summerlin.com or call 888-898-5015.