The Welcome to North Las Vegas sign might not be as famous as its Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas counterpart, but the North Las Vegas landmark is revamped and camera-ready.
Volunteers from the city of North Las Vegas and the Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada, or NHSSN, revitalized the more than 20-year-old gateway marker July 9 on the corner of Bruce Street and Owens Avenue.
The event spruced up the deteriorated sign and highlighted the infectious nature of community stewardship, said Kathi Thomas-Gibson, city of North Las Vegas outreach coordinator.
"I saw folks who probably hadn't been engaged in a while come out, participate and say, 'This is cool,' " she said. "I saw others who weren't involved begin picking up their yards and doing work on their yards."
About 30 volunteers, many of whom live near the Ward 1 sign, joined Councilman Robert Eliason, his family and NHSSN to install a new sign, paint and apply new landscaping and irrigation, said Leonard Chide, NHSSN president and executive director.
The sign was updated with the city's new logo and color scheme. The official title of the Welcome to North Las Vegas sign is the Bruce Entryway Marker.
Its predecessor was "cracked and crumbling," Thomas-Gibson said.
"From a community pride standpoint, (the new sign) is pretty important," she said. "The residents say that it might not be as major a thoroughfare as North 5th Street, but it's major to us."
Volunteers, donations and corporate sponsorships saved the cash-strapped city about $2,500 for the project, Chide said, and it was a morale boost.
"North Las Vegas is going through some trying times, and there are some residents who are depressed when they hear the sad news," he said. "Anytime you can spruce something up, it brightens everything up. People came together and were excited about it."
A ribbon-cutting ceremony made the event official after the six-hour revitalization, Chide said.
Thomas-Gibson said the city has always welcomed informal neighborhood groups, organized homeowners associations, church groups and others to help beautify and better their common ground.
City-assisted volunteers have cleaned up neighborhoods, abandoned homes, graffiti and more, she said.
"This isn't as a result of financial crisis; this is a long-standing tradition," she said. "Anybody that wanted to give back can call me."
Chide's North Las Vegas-based nonprofit has partnered with the city for other rehabilitation projects.
"There are still people who want to see North Las Vegas succeed," Eliason said. "This is a welcome to that attitude."
For more information or to get involved, call 633-5632.
Contact Centennial and North Las Vegas View reporter Maggie Lillis at email@example.com or 477-3839.