The Park Creates a Plaza on the Las Vegas Strip

The Park, Las Vegas

There’s new evidence a notorious party street can be reinvented as a pedestrian oasis. Called The Park, this project combines a transformed streetscape on the Las Vegas Strip with a new
park space linking two MGM Resorts International hotel properties—New York-New York and Monte Carlo—to the new T-Mobile Arena. The creative and carefully delineated result draws visitors into a dynamic, interactive public entertainment district connected to the Strip.

The Park combines a transformed streetscape on the Las Vegas Strip with a new park space linking two MGM Resorts International hotel properties.

The Park combines a transformed streetscape on the Las Vegas Strip with a new park space linking two MGM Resorts International hotel properties.

The master plan arose from an invited competition held by MGM Resorts and won by the collaborative team of New York-based master planner Cooper Robertson, working with Marnell Architecture, Las Vegas, and landscape firm !melk, New York. Spanning more than 8 acres, The Park transforms the space between the two resorts with a series of indoor/outdoor venues and realigns a side street, Rue de Monte Carlo, as a gently curving, tree-lined parkway. The resulting atmosphere recalls a grand European promenade or plaza but with inimitable Vegas flair.

Framed by a lushly landscaped setting with water elements, outdoor dining terraces and informal performance spaces, the plan removes barriers between the public right-of-way and the resort buildings and regularizes elevations to more seamlessly connect to the Strip.

“The Las Vegas Strip is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world and, as the city continues to evolve, organizations like MGM Resorts are recognizing the importance of including true urban functions and experiences,” says Donald Clinton, AIA, MRAIC, LEED AP, a partner at Cooper Robertson. “The Park concept reflects an important investment in master planning and public space and establishes an unprecedented pedestrian environment in a city not widely credited for its public realm.”

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