Mountain's Edge opens park

Focus Property Group, master planner of the Mountain's Edge community in the southwestern Las Vegas Valley, recently held Country in the Park, an all-day celebration May 5 marking the grand opening of Exploration Park.

Attended by more than 3,500 people, Country in the Park featured Western-themed performances and live music by local country and Western bands, mechanical bull riding, line dancing lessons and booths offering food and refreshments. A portion of the day's proceeds were dedicated to the Lili Claire Foundation, helping the organization raise $5,000 to help children with Down syndrome and other neurogenetic disorders.

The 80-acre park is the first of six that ultimately will be opened at the community, located at Blue Diamond Road and Buffalo Drive.

"The opening of Exploration Park was a wonderful day enjoyed by thousands of residents, as well as countless others interested in learning more about the Mountain's Edge community," said Deonna Stocker, manager of information center operations. "No matter if you're looking for a rigorous hike or simply to sit under a tree and watch your children play in our incredible Western town play area, the grand opening demonstrated that Exploration Park truly is a great experience for everyone."

Most events were geared toward children, with activities such as pony rides, relay races, rock climbing, rodeo roping, mining for gems and face painting. Children also played at the area's Western Theme Park, which is inspired by the Old West, and includes building facades and climbing structures.

For the Johnson family, the day's events provided them a great reason to visit Mountain's Edge and take a look at the park they'd heard about from friends.

"When we heard that this park was opening up, we thought we'd take our kids down and see what the community is all about," said Jeff Johnson, who attended the grand opening event with his wife, Cindy, and daughter Lauren, 4. "We're considering moving, and considering that this park would be somewhere we could take our daughter is a great factor on the plus side for Mountain's Edge."

The community will feature four elementary schools, one of which is already open, two middle schools and a high school.

It also will have a fire station; shopping centers, restaurants and commercial office space.

The development's Home Search Café, located at the community's entrance on Buffalo Drive and Blue Diamond Road, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and can be reached at 898-5777.

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