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Parks, Pools and Recreation Centers Open for the Fourth

Parks, Pools and Recreation Centers Open for the Fourth

This Fourth of July celebrate the holiday at one of the pools, parks or recreation centers run by the City of Henderson.

The city is keeping all of those facilities open for Independence Day which lands on a Monday.  All 52 city parks will be open during normal hours which is 6 a.m. to midnight. The six recreational centers in the city will be open during regular hours which are 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Heritage Park Senior Center is open until 10 p.m.

 All of the city pools will be open. Admission is $1 to $3 depending on the facility. Children under 2 are free. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult who must stay within arms reach at all times. 

Hours are 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.:

Fee-Free Weekend at Lake Mead

Fee-Free Weekend at Lake Mead

Saturday and Sunday are the last days to enjoy free entry to Lake Mead National Recreation Area as National Park Week comes to an end.

The next fee free day will be June 21, the first day of summer.

Saturday is also Junior Ranger Day. Park rangers will be hosting free fun outdoor activities and demonstrations. As part of the National Park Service Healthy People, Healthy Parks Initiative, the event will include ranger-led hikes.

Smokey Bear and Mojave Max will be on hand to greet visitors and rangers will hold emergency equipment demonstrations. Kids will be able to earn their Lake Mead National Recreation Area junior ranger badge.

Activities will be at the newly renovated Boulder Beach picnic area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/lakemead or call 293-8990.

Night Flightline Tours Offered Near Boulder City

Night Flightline Tours Offered Near Boulder City

Starting this weekend, nighttime flightline tours near Boulder City are being offered by BCFlightlines.

From Saturday though Tuesday, BCFlightlines is offering Full Moon Tours. For $169 (includes taxes, fees and gratuity,) you can ride down four separate ziplines.

The zip line consists of several lines that make up four flight paths that stretch over one and a half miles. Small groups begin at the top of Red Mountain and ride the zip lines down at speeds of up to 50 mph. This is safely done in a paragliding harness while being secured by professional guides. The total experience takes about two and a half hours.

Tours run at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Call 293-6885 to book a tour, or visit www.bcflightlines.com.

Free Entry at Lake Mead, Lake Mohave During National Park Week

Free Entry at Lake Mead, Lake Mohave During National Park Week

Saturday is the first day of National Park Week, featuring free entry at all national parks. Entrance fees will be waived at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which includes both Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. The fee waiver only applies to entrance fees and not lake use, camping, or concessioner fees.

Special programs and hikes are scheduled throughout the week. The National Park Service will be hosting Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday, April 23 at the Boulder Beach picnic area on Lake Mead. Meet Smoky Bear and park rangers, learn about area archaeology and enjoy easygoing ranger-led hikes. Kids (and kids at hear) will be also be able to earn their Lake Mead junior ranger badge.

The Las Vegas Boat Harbor boat show starts today and goes through Sunday (visit http://www.boatinglakemead.com for more).

Lake Mead Water Levels Expected to Rise

Lake Mead Water Levels Expected to Rise

The long, wet winter in the Southwest will produce at least one positive result for the region.

Lake Mead is expected to rise almost 20 feet over the next 10 months, thanks to the wettest year in more than a decade on the drought-ravaged Colorado River.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Viva Bike Vegas Registration Open

Viva Bike Vegas Registration Open

Cycling enthusiasts in Nevada and across the country are invited to join the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) for Viva Bike Vegas 2011 on Saturday, Oct. 15.

This year, all riders will have the unique opportunity to bike the bright lights of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The fourth annual cycling event will feature three spectacular routes for cyclists of all skill levels, including a 103-mile century ride, as well as 60-mile and 17-mile routes. Century riders will travel from the Las Vegas Strip to the vistas of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and the scenic trails near Lake Mead National Park.

Riders can register for any of the three routes for only $85 until May 14. Pricing increases thereafter. Online registration is open at www.vivabikevegas.com.

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters

The National Park Service is waiving lake use fees Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave – a savings of $16 per vessel – for boaters who show proof of completing an approved boating course.

"Statistics show that the majority of boaters who are involved in accidents report that they haven't completed a formal boating education course," Superintendent Bill Dickinson said.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics showed that in 2009, 78 percent of boating accidents and 86 percent of boat fatalities involved operators with no formal boating education.

"We're announcing this early so boaters who haven't taken a course will have a chance to do so before the holiday weekend," Dickinson said.