MGM Resorts International today debuted The Park, a dynamic park, dining and entertainment district on the Las Vegas Strip that features landscape designs from Jerry van Eyck, founder of the leading landscape architecture and urban design firm !melk.

An eclectic blend of restaurants, bars and entertainment tucked into rich desert landscaping, The Park will become a central gathering place on The Strip’s west side connecting New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts as well as the new 20,000-seat world-class T-Mobile Arena. An interactive and social environment, The Park aims to build a sense of community through innovative programming and events.

The Park re-envisions the traditional pedestrian experience by adding a new layer of diverse social spaces in Las Vegas. It will draw passersby from the hustle and bustle of The Strip into an authentic oasis offering opportunities to experience Las Vegas outdoors and at one’s leisure, only steps from one of the largest boulevards in the world. Inspired by the iconic plazas, promenades and squares that have served as important public gathering destinations within the world’s great cities throughout history, The Park will offer an array of common spaces for socializing, relaxing, exploring and sampling the surrounding tastes, sights and sounds.

The Park’s unique design elements include green initiatives, such as an integrated environmental sustainability program; natural landscaping that uses native and desert-adaptive species of plants that thrive in hot and dry environments with minimal water; and cooling elements, such as mature trees, vegetation, water features and artful shade structures will create comfortable environments.

“When you’re Dutch, you know what it’s like to live in a place that really shouldn’t be there, since the Dutch created large parts of the Netherlands out of water,” Jerry van Eyck told DutchCultureUSA.com. “In Vegas the same thing applies, except there it’s not an excess of water, but a lack of it that signifies this. I think that when you build a city you need to be constantly aware of the importance of Mother Nature. You shouldn’t fight her; it’s not a competition; but you should try to coexist. That’s what we’re trying to do with our Vegas project; we try to be ecologically responsible.”

Read more about Jerry van Eyck of !melk on DutchCultureUSA.com.