by Matt Alderton | April 04, 2016
Thanks to its cavernous casinos, Las Vegas used to be an indoor destination exclusively. Those days are officially over, however, with the arrival of The Park, MGM Resorts International's outdoor entertainment district, which opened today on the Las Vegas Strip.

Positioned between New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Monte Carlo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, and the new, 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena -- opening Wednesday -- The Park was inspired by the outdoor plazas, promenades, and squares that are prevalent in so many destinations around the world. "Green" in more ways than one, it was designed with water and energy savings in mind; for example, it features more than 75 mature trees that were salvaged from the area and replanted, asphalt that was also salvaged and recycled, an onsite well that provides all of the venue's irrigation water, landscaping utilizing native desert species, and marble surfaces that are naturally cooling.

Other highlights include: roving live musicians and entertainers, including acoustic guitarists, dancers, and sand artists; "Bliss Dance," a 40-foot sculpture of a dancing woman created by artist Marco Cochrane; numerous water features, including two 100-foot water walls stretching the length of the venue's entrance (pictured); and shaded seating areas beneath the aforementioned trees and 50-foot shade structures that turn into LED digital light shows at night.

Finally, The Park features a smattering of dining venues, including Beerhaus, a beer hall and beer garden; Sake Rok, a Japanese spot that will specialize in theatrical cuisine courtesy of interactive servers/performers; and its very own Shake Shack burger stand.

"Our vision for The Park was to create a new kind of experience for Las Vegas that would speak to the desires of today's travelers," said MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren. "Within this beautiful outdoor setting, guests have opportunities to explore and discover. Whether it be to enjoy the beauty of desert landscaping, take a photo to share with friends of an important art installation, to enjoy cocktails and a bite to eat on a patio before an event at T-Mobile Arena, or simply to enjoy a quiet moment outside, The Park is designed to offer something for everyone."