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MEREDITH ANDREWS-OPEN UP THE HEAVENS
Beyond the bright lights and commotion of the Las Vegas strip, there are nearly 60 miles of walking and biking and equestrian trails. Glen Simpson, the Impact Las Vegas organizer, says “Ideally, these paths could be used as safe routes to school for students, alternative transportation means for commuters and free exercise options for everyone, but many residents do not even know they exist.” These trails also connect the community to cultural centers, workplaces, and other neighbors.
On Saturday, February 16, volunteering locals and visitors will join hearts and hands for a community-wide clean-up day from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for the second annual Impact Las Vegas. The efforts will help keep Las Vegas trails, adjacent neighborhoods and parks open, safe and enjoyable. Volunteers will be working at three urban trail areas and one park.
An expected 300 volunteers will clean and clear access points to two sections of the Bonanza Trail, one section of the Bradley Bridle equestrian trail, and one section of the Pioneer Trail along the Cultural Corridor. The group plans to paint over graffiti, remove trash and broken glass, and clear landscaping. These are all important trails to the City. For instance the Bonanza Trail connects Summerlin to the Springs Preserve and the Pioneer Trails connects the Historic West Side to the Cultural Corridor and other important landmarks.
Impact Las Vegas is organized by Relevance X, a young adult ministry conference held in Las Vegas. Sponsors for Impact Las Vegas include United Methodist Communications, area United Methodist churches, The Outside Las Vegas Foundation, corporate volunteer groups and local residents.The event urges participants to Rethink Church and utilizes outreach to make a difference in the world beyond church doors.
Volunteers will meet at the following sites at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2013:
Bonanza Trail #1 - 100 Michael Way at Bromley 89107
Bonanza Trail #2 - Mirabelli Community Center 6200 Hargrove 89107
Pioneer Trail at Heritage Park - Las Vegas Boulevard at Washington Avenue 89101
For more information, and to register to volunteer, please visit www.impactlasvegas2013.org and 'like' us on facebook.com/vegasimpact
About Rethink Church
Rethink Church, the next evolution of The United Methodist Church’s “Open hearts” welcoming and advertising campaign, highlights the many opportunities available within United Methodist churches to engage with the world—from literacy programs to feeding the poor. At www.rethinkchurch.org, visitors may interact, learn more about the church, and search for involvement opportunities.