Saturday, March 15, 2014

Summlerlin Students Name Community ParkStudents Pick Name for New Summerlin Community Park

Summerlin’s newest community park, tucked between Wet ‘n’ Wild and Faiss Middle School, opened last year without a name. Completed in partnership with The Howard Hughes Corporation, developer of Summerlin, and Clark County, the two large entities left the naming of the park to one small group: members of the Faiss Middle School Student Council.

“It’s always great to include community input, especially when young people can get involved in the development of something that was created for their enjoyment,” said Julie Cleaver, vice president, planning & design, Summerlin. Cleaver oversees the colossal job of designing Summerlin’s parks, neighborhoods, and common areas and played an integral part in the layout and aesthetic look of the park.

Members of Faiss Middle School’s Student Council submitted essays and a small committee including employees from The Howard Hughes Corporation, Clark County and Wet ‘n’ Wild selected from the nearly 20 entries. “The students wrote some fantastic essays. They clearly put a lot of thought into how this park should be identified,” Cleaver said. The winning name, Wilbur and Theresa Faiss Park, was selected in honor of the husband and wife duo, recognized for decades of leadership and volunteerism in the community. “It seemed especially fitting for the park to carry their names, as is sits adjacent the school that is also named in their honor.”

Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager, an integral part of the development of the park, unveiled the name at a special ceremony which included Faiss students and three surviving member of the Faiss family. The park, open to the general public and managed by Clark County Parks and Rec Department, currently features three picnic ramadas, a wide grassy area for free play and two intricately designed shaded play structures featuring multiple bridges and slides. The centerpiece of the park, a planned 25,000-square-foot aquatic center with a Jr. Olympic size pool and an aerobic pool, is expected to start to take shape later this year.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager unveiled the name of Summerlin’s newest park with help from members of the Faiss Student Council and three surviving members of the Faiss family.

PHOTO COURTESY: Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission