MGM’s Park: Don’t Expect Your Typical Playground
The one thing missing from the Vegas strip has always been that big city park. Every other major city has at least one but not sin city. At least until 2016. Up until recently, the plans for the area between the New York New York Hotel and Monte Carlo have been sort of vague, like the powers that be couldn’t get with the program and stick with a plan. Now they have announced that it will indeed be designed as a neighborhood park, of course with a Vegas flair.
The Rue de Monte Carlo, the street that provides access to the area from Las Vegas Boulevard, will be also be transformed. Trees and shrubbery will be added to give the grand entrance into the park a suburban feel. From there, cobble stone walkways will invite visitors to head inside from two different directions. As you enter, a 100 foot water wall will lead you towards the park's interior.
Once inside expect eight acres of more cobble stone paths, patio style seating and large planters. The design is geared at creating a social atmosphere, but will also have smaller niches tucked inside for those who want to experience the park in private. And there will be plenty to experience, as MGM plans on infusing the park with live entertainment in the form of various street performers.
The ambitions seem high, but it certainly looks as though there is finally a definitive plan in place for this immense space.
While the idea for the MGM park is being based off of other famous city plazas and squares from around the globe, there will of course be a Vegas touch. Paris promenades are lined with cozy coffee shops and bistros and the MGM’s will feature the same but with a Vegas twist. The restaurant line-up for this project is already impressive, and opening day is still two years away.
The most recent restaurant rumored to be ready to join the park is the southern themed Virgil’s Real Barbecue. With successful locations in New York, Connecticut and the Bahamas, expect their entrance into Vegas to be a popular one.
Some of the other restaurants slated to line the cobble stoned streets are infusing unique qualities that are fun and entertaining into the park. Beer Garden for example is said to be planning on outdoor ping pong, darts and bocce ball to go along with its live music and extensive beer menu. Yeah, they’ll serve food too.
Country singer Dierks Bentley is bringing his country bar concept Whiskey Row to the area which features a menu of over 40 different varieties of whiskey. There are also plans for a Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Robert Mondavi Jr. Wine Experience, and Sake Rok. Beer, whiskey, rum, wine and sake in place of Paris’s cappuccino and croissants, there’s your Vegas flair
With two years of plotting and planning left, it will be interesting to see if MGM does add more family friendly venues to the area besides chocolate, or if the trend towards drunken debauchery will continue. Because the way it looks right now, a whole lot of money is being spent to create a fancy schmancy version of Fremont St.