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Paradise/Downtown Neighborhood News, June 11-17

CITY OPENS MEETING AGENDAS
TO ONLINE COMMENTS

Web users now have the opportunity to post comments on agenda items for Las Vegas City Council and city Planning Commission meetings.

Agendas for upcoming council and commission sessions can be accessed by visiting lasvegasnevada.gov/find/jun2013.asp.

Site visitors can click items that interest them if they wish to comment. The comments become part of the official record, the city said.

The comments populate in real time, allowing council members or planning commissioners to see them as they are submitted, including while the meeting is occurring. Comments received on items after they have been heard will not be included in the official meeting record, the city said.

The new system is one way the city is working to make local government more accessible and convenient to residents.

Another way residents can be heard is through yourvoicevegas.com, which allows for discussion on topics involving city issues.

SYMPHONY PARK PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE OPENS AT THE SMITH CENTER

The new Symphony Park pedestrian bridge opened May 29 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave.

The bridge spans the railroad tracks, creating a way for residents and visitors to walk to and from downtown and Symphony Park. The bridge also provides access for those wanting to park at the Las Vegas City Hall garage, 500 S. Main St., to visit The Smith Center, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health or the Discovery Children’s Museum.

A ceremony marked the official opening of the bridge and included city officials, members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada Ballet Theatre.

The project cost $4.5 million, with funds coming from a $500,000 grant through the Federal Highway Administration, $3.6 million in federal congestion mitigation air quality funds and $400,000 from the city of Las Vegas’ general fund.

CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA TO BE CONSTRUCTED AT HUNTRIDGE CIRCLE PARK

The city of Las Vegas broke ground May 31 for a children’s play area in Huntridge Circle Park at Maryland Parkway and Franklin Avenue.

The $237,232 project includes the removal of an existing splash pad and rubber surface to make way for a new tot lot and playground with rubber surfacing and a fabric canopy cover. Plans also include the installation of a drinking fountain, benches and several raised garden planters. The project is expected to be completed this summer.

Members of the Huntridge Neighborhood Association provided input for the playground design.

The project is being funded by the city’s residential construction tax, collected during development of homes in the area. Money from the tax must be spent in the ward where it was generated and must fund neighborhood parks and recreation projects.

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