There’s a new attraction in Las Vegas and it has very little to do with glitz and glamour. The Park, which opened April 4, is an immersive outdoor dining and entertainment district from MGM Resorts International that connects New York-New York, Monte Carlo and the new T-Mobile Arena.
What makes the green park so spectacular is that it puts sustainability front and center on The Strip. Inspired by the ecosystem of the Mojave Desert, The Park features innovative concepts for water conservation, energy efficiency, waste recycling, material selection and other green building strategies.
Here are seven ways this new green park emphasizes sustainability.
The Park will feature lush, natural desert vegetation. Plant species will include agave and yucca, as well as the tree species of Palo Verde, Acacias and Mesquites. All call the desert home and are adept at conserving water in arid climates.
Keeping It Local
MGM Resorts International relied on local sourcing for most of the materials used in the project. For example, red meta-quartzite stone was sourced from Las Vegas Rock’s Rainbow Quarry, just 30 miles from The Park. The partnership with the quarry illustrates an alliance with the local business economy and reduced fossil fuel used to transport these elements.
The new green park helps to reduce heat thanks to light-colored pavers that help reflect the sun’s rays. A canopy of fully grown trees and series of 50-foot shade structures provide cover; shade structures collect heat at the ground level and circulate it upward and away from visitors. Elevated planters with desert flora, sandstone surfaces that are cool to the touch and dissipate heat, refreshing water features and reflective building rooftops were added to help with the heat.
Taking the LEED
The Park’s restaurant corridor has been designed in accordance with LEED Gold standards. Plans call for Beerhaus, Sake Rok, Bruxie and California Pizza Kitchen to optimize efficiency in energy, water, and waste for construction and operations.
Repurposing and Recycling
From the beginning, the new green park raised the bar with its commitment to recycling, including removal and replanting of mature trees from the original site to procuring building materials with recycled content. Furniture, shade structures, waste bins, tree grates and building structures used combinations of pre- and post-consumer recycled steel. During construction, 80 percent of waste was recycled. The centerpiece art installation, Bliss Dance, was an existing sculpture, which was added to the new green park because of its rich regional history and cultural symbolism.
The new green park features a well, which will supply irrigation water. Sculptural waterscapes will rely on a closed-loop system that captures, filters and reuse of water. An anemometer will control water features based on wind speeds.
The new green park stands as a testament to environmental responsibility. Guests visiting Las Vegas, whether for a convention or leisure travel, will see stewardship in action. Signage and descriptions of the biological and technological aspects of The Park will introduce guests to key green practices.