July 30, 2014
A Las Vegas preserve built with expectations of becoming a destination for tourists and locals has fallen short with out-of-towners, leaving it more than $10 million short of expenses for its first year.
Officials for the Springs Preserve originally predicted 600,000 visitors over the first year, but only about 200,000 have come, including about 6,200 people from out of town.
The 180-acre preserve that includes museums, trails and botanical gardens cost $235 million to build and is expected to get millions more in funding over the next five years from the Las Vegas Valley Water District.
Officials consider the site the birthplace of Las Vegas because its freshwater springs attracted human settlers.