A Las Vegas councilman plans to use the reopening of a city park to help supply children for the upcoming school year.
According to the city, Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow will host a back-to-school fair on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 a.m. at Sammy Davis Festival Plaza at the reopened Lorenzi Park, near West Washington Avenue and Twin Lakes Drive.
The fair precedes a park reopening dedication and celebration set to start at 11 a.m.
City officials say free school supplies and backpacks will be offered to students. The city urged anyone who wants to obtain the free supplies to arrive at the park by 7 a.m. to get a wristband. The wristbands are available while supplies last.
In addition, people attending the back-to-school fair are being encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation.
The fair will also provide free immunizations for children with shot records from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The dedication event for the reopened Lorenzi Park will also include games, face painting, music and food venders.
The park, which was originally built in 1926, was renovated to include play areas, picnic and shade structures and twin lakes on the property. The 60-acre renovation was valued at $30 million and was funded through the Bureau of Land Management's Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act.
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