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Vegas - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Dita Von Tesse

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116 VEGASMAGAZINE.COM RENDERING COURTESY OF MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL Evoking the city's origin as a shady green oasis in the desert is the Strip's newest addition, The Park. IN BLOOM! THE STRIP'S FIRST PUBLIC P PUTS DOWN ROOTS BETWEEN NEW YORK-NEW YORK AND MONTE CARLO. BY TESS EYRICH Some might say the Strip has it all, and our multiple roller coasters, 50-ton bronze lion, and scale replica of the Eiffel Tower do little to dispute that notion. This April, what's perhaps the final piece of the puzzle—a publicly accessible green space—joined the mix in the form of MGM Resorts International's long-awaited Park. Bridging the gap between New York-New York and the Monte Carlo, and providing a lush entryway to MGM's new T-Mobile Arena, The Park incorporates one-of-a-kind water and shade features, eateries (think the Southern California-based Bruxie and the pared-down gastropub Beerhaus), and public art pieces, like Marco Cochrane's 40-foot- tall sculpture of a woman in motion, Bliss Dance. The main attraction, though, is the green- ery itself, chosen to mimic the natural palette of the desert. Hours were spent handpicking "each and every plant, from the smallest agave to the largest mesquite tree," says Jerry van Eyck, founding principal at the landscape architecture and urban design firm !melk, which spearheaded the project. "Las Vegas in its earliest years was a shady green oasis with spring water bubbling up from the earth, and in a sense, our push for authenticity has created a new oasis." 3782 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , 702-693-7275; . SPACE GREAT OUTDOORS

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