Is steer roping ‘passive recreation’?

Social media ad for rodeo event to be held Saturday at Floyd Lamb Park, which permits passive recreation only.
Social media ad for rodeo event to be held Saturday at Floyd Lamb Park, which permits passive recreation only.

When the Nevada Legislature voted in 2003 to transfer Floyd Lamb State Park to the City of Las Vegas, the rambling acreage on the northwest edge of the valley came with some strings, including a requirement that the city allow only passive recreation — such as walking, bird watching, picnicking and camping. 

A steer roping event scheduled for Saturday is raising concerns among nearby residents, who are already fighting an effort by Councilwoman Michele Fiore to alter the nature of the park by permitting events such as weddings well into the evening. 

Fiore has refused to comment.

Richie Griffith, the organizer of the Feed Truck Roping event says he contacted Fiore’s office and was directed to the Department of Parks and Recreation, which granted him a permit for the event, his first at Floyd Lamb Park. 

Clark County Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick confirms she previously inquired about the possibility of holding rodeo events at Floyd Lamb.

“I actually asked about building an equestrian facility and it didn’t meet the passive requirements,” she says.

“Another example of Michele Fiore doing as she pleases,” said Karen Livingston, who lives adjacent to the park and is heading up the effort to derail the plan to hold weddings and other events. 

A spokesman for the city said the rodeo event is private. The legislation that enabled the transfer of the park from the state to the city makes no exception for private events. 

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.