Tourists go to Las Vegas to gamble. To locals who know the ins and outs of the city, however, it’s a place with a lot of sights to see and experience, particularly outside Sin City’s high-rise casino buildings.
Las Vegas bears only little resemblance to what it used to be: a den for poker players and slot machine aficionados. Apart from its scenic bicycle routes and street art, Las Vegas will soon be having one of the biggest parks in the state. Simply called “The Park,” MGM will create an outdoor, guest-oriented experience that is set to open near the New York-New York, the Monte Carlo, and the nearly built, T-Mobile Arena in April.
Las Vegas needed to diversify its offerings and for good reason. According to Statista, in 2009, the number of tourists in Sin City started to decline by the millions, and this can be accredited to the rise of online gaming. Using the latest in gaming technology and commercially-licensed slot games that appeal to fans of pop culture icons such as Rocky and King Kong, people no longer needed to travel thousands of miles to Las Vegas to play casino games. In order to offset their loses from the declining number of gambling tourists, Las Vegas started rebranding itself by adding more attractions in the city such as amusement centers, concert halls, and parks. Las Vegas’ diversification seems to work since as of 2010, its number of visitors started going up once more.
The Park’s construction will be influenced by famous promenades and plazas around the world. While it won’t be having a huge football field or a grassy picnic area (since Las Vegas is literally a desert), it will be designed as a central gathering landmark, with hundreds of seating areas, trees, and plants native to the city. The park will be fully shaded so it will always offer a very relaxing daytime mood for people who want to spend a lazy day outdoors. There will be a water wall, which will span about 100 feet at the entrance, to add a cooler ambiance to the area.
Additionally, there will be establishments within The Park. The place is designed for socializing so there will be diners and food stands all over the place. California Pizza Kitchen, Sake Rok, Bruxie, and Beer Garden are just some of the food places that MGM said will pop up at some point in The Park.
The Park is something new to the city but the government seems confident that its relaxing ambiance and social seating areas where people can take a break without spending too much are enough to make the place popular and successful for years to come.