Clark County, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and many other agencies and community groups announced an inter-agency effort today to crack down on crime at Clark County Wetlands Park with the onset of spring break approaching.
Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, whose District E in the central Las Vegas Valley includes Clark County Wetlands Park, has worked closely with Metro and other community partners to fight vandalism, graffiti, illegal shooting, under-age drinking and other issues in the park.
At 2,900 acres, Clark County Wetlands Park is the valley’s largest and most undeveloped park. The Las Vegas Wash flows through the area, creating a vast haven for wildlife and desert foliage and posing a challenge for law enforcement.
Much of the problem activity occurs after dark on weekend nights or on spring and summer nights when school is out of session.
Officials also want to remind the public of these rules and regulations:
* It is illegal to discharge a firearm at Clark County Wetlands Park or any County park except the Clark County Shooting Complex, located at 11357 N. Decatur Blvd.
* Graffiti and vandalism can result in citations with penalties of fines, community service and jail time.
* Fireworks, slingshots, boomerangs, and martial arts paraphernalia are not allowed in any County park without written permission from the Director of Parks & Recreation.
* No motor vehicles are allowed or permitted off roadways or parking lots in Clark County Wetlands Park. This includes ATVs, carts and other passenger vehicles.
* Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited at Clark County Wetlands Park. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to possess or consume alcohol.
* Music from portable sound systems, speakers or radios that can be heard from a distance of more than 75 feet is prohibited outdoors in the park.
* No campfires, grills, or stoves are permitted in Clark County Wetlands Park.
* Parents can be held liable by a court for all fines and penalties incurred by their children, including towing and impound fees resulting from traffic offenses.