Now that you're calling Las Vegas home, there are a number of things about life in Southern Nevada you'll want to know more about. This section is devoted to turning you into a true "local" with information on desert living and government and community resources. We'll also provide an insider's look at the dynamics that create a unique and fulfilling quality of life for valley residents.
A city with an increasingly diverse and unique quality of life, Las Vegas continues to evolve with fresh new cultural offerings that appeal to a wide range of tastes and budgets.
Las Vegas is known across the globe for being a world-class destination. As a new resident, you now have the opportunity to live, work and play in one of the most fabulous entertainment centers in the world!
From heart-pounding free-fall sky dives, white water rafting and desert buggy racing to playing tennis, going kayaking or taking in a pro sports tourney, there is no shortage of sporting recreation activities in Las Vegas. If you prefer a stadium seat to an extreme sporting adventure, college sports teams, minor league baseball, a professional hockey team, professional boxing and NASCAR races are big draws for those who prefer spectator sports.
Five exceptional stadiums and arenas provide the Las Vegas community some of the top venues for world-class entertainment. Over the past 25 years, these facilities have played host to a number of exciting and diverse events, including the National Finals Rodeo, Barnum & Bailey's Circus, World Championship boxing, monster truck finals, UNLV athletic events, presidential town hall meetings, NBA games, music festivals and conventions.
A wide variety of green belts, parks and trail systems are scattered throughout Southern Nevada. From skate parks and community parks with picnic tables and benches to multi-acre areas with water features, sports courts and massive playgrounds, Las Vegas has it all! Developers and municipalities across the valley frequently incorporate a number of open spaces into neighborhood designs to create a greater quality of life for residents. Listed below is a sampling of what's available valley-wide.
In addition to the glitz and glamour of The Strip and Downtown Las Vegas, you'll find there are countless family attractions valley-wide.
Las Vegas is home to a number of sports, cultural and recreational programs for area youth. Thousands of volunteers donate their time and energy to activities designed for young people, including Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts of the USA, Boys Town Nevada and the Alliance for Youth Service.
The city of Las Vegas operates as a council-manager government. The 20th mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman, sits as a council member-at-large, presiding over all City Council meetings. The City Manager, Elizabeth "Betsy" Fretwell, is responsible for the effective administration and daily operations of municipal services for the city. Other responsibilities of the office include economic development/redevelopment and the maintenance of relationships with other county, state and federal governmental agencies.