Joe Kneip Park in North Las Vegas has received a makeover. Selected by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for its 2015 Parks Build Community project, this cherished neighborhood park has been transformed into a stunning new space for the more than 4,000 children and families living nearby who depend on it as an outdoor gathering place. The new park will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, September 17 at 10 a.m. Mayor Pro-Tem, Pamela A. Goynes-Brown, and Ward 1 Councilman Isaac E. Barron will be among the dignitaries that will speak at the event.
Joe Kneip Park, located at 2800 Judson Avenue in North Las Vegas, was built in 1965. It sits on 2.21 acres and is situated in the older section of the city. It serves a community of low-income, single-family dwellings. The park is heavily used by the surrounding residents, but a tough economy had left it in need of major improvements.
Thanks to a number of generous donors and sponsors, the updated Joe Kneip Park now features some of the newest park amenities in the country. Twelve equipment and service donors came together to provide new play and exercise equipment, surfacing, shade structures, a restroom, a splash pad, signs, lighting and more. A crowdfunding campaign hosted on NRPA’s Fund Your Park platform in May also raised funds for construction costs to help make this park a reality.
“Every year, we are amazed at the transformations made through our Parks Build Community projects, and Joe Kneip Park is no exception,” said Barbara Tulipane, NRPA president and CEO. “The renovations made possible through our partners and sponsors aren’t just cosmetic, though. This revitalized park has the power to reinvigorate the community — bringing people closer together and creating positive changes in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity.”
The City invites everyone to participate in the grand reopening of Joe Kneip Park:
- When: 10 a.m. Thursday, September 17
- Where: Joe Kneip Park, 2800 Judson Avenue, North Las Vegas, Nev.
- What: Grand reopening ceremony with ribbon cutting, musical entertainment and park tour
- VIPs: Mayor Pro-Tem, Pamela A. Goynes-Brown, Councilman Isaac E. Barron, Councilwoman Anita Wood, Councilman Richard Cherchio, NRPA and sponsor representatives
NRPA’s Parks Build Community is an ongoing national initiative to demonstrate the transformative value of parks and recreation on communities. Local parks are the essential foundation to vibrant, thriving communities. The environment, health, wellness and social equity of communities can all be improved through the revitalization of parks. This is the fifth Parks Build Community project completed in coordination with the NRPA Annual Conference — marking a tradition of NRPA leaving its annual conference city a little better than before.
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. Through its network of 50,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. To learn more about Parks Build Community, visit www.NRPA.org/parksbuildcommunity.