LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– In North Las Vegas in the 1980s, the Cheyenne Sports Complex was the place to play ball. However, the recreation hub of northern Las Vegas has seen better days.
“That was the genesis of sports here in the Valley,” said Cass Palmer, director of neighborhood and recreation services for the City of North Las Vegas. “Our intention to bring it back to the peak, to bring the 75,000 people back here!”
The Cheyenne Sports Complex has seen better days, and it’s about to start again as the park gets a lot of attention.
“It’s about a $4 million upgrade for the park,” Palmer said.
The park will benefit from improvements including resurfacing of the tennis track and courts, lighting, irrigation, new grass, paved parking lots, a playground and a giant wading pool.
“It’s great fun for the kids!” Splatter skates are great from everyone’s point of view,” Palmer said. “From a toddler to my age.”
Some North Las Vegas residents view the upgrades as a necessity for a safe place to gamble.
“It’s very important because where I live, children play in front of my house and cars cross the street. and everything and it’s dangerous! said 14-year-old resident Esther Cardiel.
Although the park provides a safe place for children to play, one of the points of the park is to also provide a place for the elderly to go for a walk.
“We have to walk all the time, people my age,” Cardiel said.
The project will be completed in 18 months with extensive improvements filling the sprawling 38-acre park.
“You’ll know you’re in a first-class facility for our citizens, which is what we’re looking for, for our people to come here and say ‘wow,'” Palmer said.
Funding for this project comes from a congressional appropriation from Congressman Steven Horsford, as well as money from North Las Vegas, the Bureau of Land Management, and the state. Residents will be able to enjoy the new and improved Cheyenne Sports Complex in about a year and a half.