It’s been called an “interactive neighborhood environment.” And with plans for dine-arounds, lip-synching servers and pedestrian walkways lined with towering tulip-like structures, it’s hard to disagree. I’m referring to The Park, MGM Resorts’ budding eight-acre dining and entertainment district that will undoubtedly change the meetings landscape for planners on the Vegas Strip when it opens in early 2016.
The Park will connect New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts through stunning desert and native foliage, waterfalls and tree-lined cobblestone walkways, said to reflect the plazas, promenades and squares of some of the world’s greatest cities throughout history. Unexpected street performers will be tucked away amongst the winding walkways, adding further flair to nighttime landscape illuminations. For their part, the park-facing sides of the resorts are transforming into engaging plaza environments, featuring new dining and entertainment venue options that promote a robust patio culture. For respite against the expected bustle, patio enclaves will be artfully tucked into the landscape. All will connect to a new 20,000-seat arena, currently in development.
Two of the more popular food & beverage additions include a Robert Mondavi restaurant with true-to-Napa wine experiences and a Beer Garden that offers a signature open roasting area and clear vantage points of The Park in its entirety. “The vision,” according to Mike Dominguez, MGM Resorts International’s senior VP of sales, “is to incorporate the features and themes within different areas of The Park and utilize MGM Resorts event productions team to create highly customized programs that align with beer, bourbon, and of course, entertainment.”
In terms of assisting meeting planners, Dominguez says The Park will beckon attendees outside in a locale that typically wows from behind closed doors. “Las Vegas has had limited options for outdoor group events in the past. Planners are going to experience a variety of creative outdoor options with the unique layout of The Park, including well-thought-out concert areas and food & beverage programming.”
The Park is set to achieve LEED Gold certification, building and operating within an environmental sustainability program that addresses energy, water conservation, green building and waste management.