Ground broke on the 135-acre Craig Ranch Regional Park in May 2009, an ambitious $13 million project to turn fairways into a family recreation site. The name "Craig Ranch'' derives from farming operations conducted here more than a century ago by the Southern Nevada Fig and Alfalfa Company.
In 2008, North Las Vegas city officials took a decision to convert their municipal golf course into a multi-use park. The Craig Ranch Golf Course had served admirably since 1962 as a 6,001-yard, par-70, 18-hole course, but acquisition of more modern facilities at Aliante Golf Course made the old property redundant.
Phase one development features a 3.5-acre children's play area, hiking trails, a dog park, shaded picnic grounds, a new parking lot, and water features. The landscaper was able to retain much of the existing turf and over 6,000 mature trees in the park's design.
A second phase, to be completed by the summer of 2011, focuses on the addition of sports facilities. To be included are basketball courts, ball fields, volleyball and tennis courts, expansion of the dog park, and the introduction of the area's largest skate park. The conversion has been fully funded through sales of federal lands.
Craig Ranch Regional Park is located at 628 West Craig Road, North Las Vegas, Nevada 89032. Phase one facilities are open 24/7 while phase two is underway.