Get ready to play at Mountain’s Edge’s newest park! Opening in late 2011 off of Mountain’s Edge Parkway between Durango Drive and El Capitan Way, the 20-acre Nathaniel Jones Park will include a lighted basketball court, tot lot with shade structure, children’s water play area with splash pad, turf areas, walking trails and shade structures.
Nathaniel Jones Park – like the 80-acre Exploration Park and other outdoor amenities at Mountain’s Edge – incorporates the natural terrain to complement design and to conserve water. In fact, Mountain’s Edge is the first master-planned community in Southern Nevada to embrace drought resistant measures from inception. The plants, shrubs, trees and ground covering are all drought tolerant, requiring minimal water to thrive, while still providing large shrub massing and color to enhance the aesthetic quality of the master plan. Turf usage is found only in useable areas, such as schools and parks.
In keeping with the community’s tradition of honoring early Las Vegas Valley pioneers, the park is named for the supervisor of one of the region’s first large-scale projects. When lead and silver reserves were discovered at nearby Potosi Mountain, Nathaniel Jones was sent by Brigham Young to oversee a mining operation in conjunction with the creation of a nearby Mormon outpost and fort in 1855.
Recent construction updates include:
– The site and parking lot have been graded.
– All the turf sprinklers are in and cover about 140,000 square feet.
– The amended top soil has been installed and graded in Phase 1.
– 250 trees have been planted, including Desert Willows, Mesquite, Ash and Palo Verde.
– The hydro-seed has been sprayed, and the grass is starting to sprout.
– Approximately 50 percent of trees and shrubs are planted in Phase 1.
– Recently 150 shrubs that complement the natural desert landscaping along several natural washes within the park site were planted. The washes have been restored with desert-adapted plant material such as Acacia, Regal Mist, Cassia, and Desert Willow.
– We recently ordered 100 tons of decorative rock for xeriscaped areas. The rock is currently being stockpiled and will be laid down as the park progresses. Xeriscape is a landscaping design that uses drought-tolerant plants to conserve water and protect the environment.
– The park’s nature trail and walking path is taking shape with finished grading and shaping. We recently ordered 115 tons of Vista Gold Chat, the material used for the trail.
Keep checking back for updates on progress at Nathaniel Jones Park!