Historic Westside Legacy Park
About This Project
A joint venture between the City of Las Vegas and Clark County, this park celebrates the people, places, and events that shaped the Historic Westside neighborhood. This two-acre facility serves as more of a museum than park, but includes creative amenities. Among them is a custom gateway and shade structure, interpretive panels, a central plaza with an inlay of a map of the original McWilliams Townsite, and a complete ADA compliant inclusive playground. The design vernacular was derived from the original mid-century modern architecture often seen within this area.
The park experience is intended to be an immersive event for the visitor. This is initiated with a Time Line Walk from the street to the main entry gateway. Along this corridor are large images depicting the experiences that influenced the development of this community. Once inside the park, the visitor is met with an abundance of educational opportunities. One can stroll the interpretive trail to learn more of the history, or read and admire the dedication plaques of those leaders who have been chosen for enshrinement in the park.
This unique project has proven to be one of our most successful as it brought together the design team, the contractor, and the City to work in a collaborative design-build environment. It was helpful that the City of Las Vegas staff have a true understanding of the design-build process, which allowed for rapid decision making relating to both design and construction issues along the way. This collaboration permitted the entire team to produce a park which not only reflects this under-represented community, but does so in a way which allows it to evolve with the community.