Mountain's Edge kicks off summer

The new Nathaniel Jones Park in Mountain's Edge, a 3,500-acre master-planned community in the southwestern Las Vegas Valley, will open today.

The community has planned a grand opening from 3 to 7 p.m. that will include water slides, arts and crafts booths, petting zoo, scavenger hunt and squirt gun games.

The Nathaniel Jones Park Summer Splash Grand Opening will have a brief ceremony at 4 p.m. that will feature Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager and the community and park development team, including representatives from Focus Property Group and the Mountain's Edge Master Association.

The park is at 8800 Sparkling Chandon Drive in the southwest portion of Mountain's Edge.

"Nathaniel Jones Park is a welcome addition to a great community," Brager said. "This new park has a great variety of amenities that will make it a popular family destination throughout the year."

"Our entire design for Mountain's Edge has centered around celebrating our history, preserving our natural resources while also providing special places for the residents of this community to gather," said John Ritter, founder and CEO of Focus Property Group, the developer of Mountain's Edge.

Summer Splash activities will include several inflatable water slides and a squirt gun fight tent, which houses an activity similar to paint ball but with squirt guns.

The tent has large barrels for people to maneuver through and hide behind to squirt their friends and family with water. Squirt guns will be provided or attendees can bring their own.

There also will be a DJ, dancing, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and pony rides.

Several food vendors will sell hamburger, hot dogs and funnel cakes.

A scavenger hunt also is scheduled for 5 p.m. Participants will search the park for items containing minerals mined in Nevada.

The park was named for a former supervisor of one of the region's first large-scale mining projects.

Nathaniel Jones was sent by Brigham Young to oversee the mining operation with the nearby Mormon outpost and fort's creation in 1855 when lead and silver reserves were discovered at Potosi Mountain, close to Mountain's Edge.

The 20-acre park features a lighted basketball court, tot lot with shade structure, splash pad, turf areas, walking trails and shade structures.

Las Vegas-based Ssorb Inc. served as the park's general contractor overseeing design, management and construction. David Browing's construction oversight and John Resly's landscaping expertise aided in the park's completion.

Mountain's Edge has consistently ranked among the country's top 10 best-selling master-planned communities by RCLCO and other leading independent real estate advisory firms.

A series of paseos wind through the master plan, connecting residents and their neighborhoods to recreation areas.

Those include the new Nathaniel Jones Park and the 80-acre Exploration Park featuring the 2,846-foot-tall Exploration Peak.

For information, visit the Mountain's Edge New Home Information Center at 9275 S. Buffalo Drive, just south of Blue Diamond Road. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

For more details, visit; or call 702-898-5777.