Silver Springs Park has reopened to the public, offering new structures and amenities.
According to Kim Becker, a spokeswoman with the city of Henderson's parks and recreation department, Silver Springs Park, 1950 Silver Springs Parkway, closed in January to prepare for a complete renovation.
"After serving the community for two decades, the park's irrigation system had become outdated," said Mary Ellen Donner, director of the parks and recreation department, in a statement. "It is important to reinvest in our assets, and we have been able to do just that at Silver Springs P ark."
Becker said some of the new additions at the 6.8-acre park included a walking path, a playground, new turf, a shade structure, a lighted ball field, barbecues, a covered picnic ramada and rest rooms. A new irrigation system also was installed.
"It replaced the outdated system," Becker said.
The overall cost of the project was $1.4 million. Funding came from three different sources, including $750,000 from the city's department of utility services.
Another $453,100 came from rebates from the Southern Nevada Water Authority.
"Essentially, we removed non functional turf and replaced it with xeriscape to save water and money," Becker said. "By converting turf to xeriscape, the department accumulated rebates from the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which can be used for other similar projects."
In addition to the 87,000 square feet of non functional turf that was removed from Silver Springs Park, the department also replaced 33,000 square feet of turf at Morrell Park, 500 Harris St.
"Just these two projects alone will result in water savings of about 6.6 million gallons of water per year," Becker added. "That is significant and in line with the city's focus on sustainability."
The city also received $290,000 from a residential construction tax. Becker said this tax was paid by developers.
"Depending on the number of homes in a residential development, a park may be required," Becker said. "In some cases, developers pay a residential construction tax to the city in lieu of constructing a park."
Mayor Andy Hafen, Councilwoman Gerri Schroder and Councilman Sam Bateman attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 19.
Silver Springs Park originally opened in 1989. Becker said Capriati Construction was the contractor for the renovations.
For more information, visit cityofhenderson.com/parks.
Contact Henderson/Anthem View reporter Michael Lyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 387-5201.