by Michael J. Shapiro | April 30, 2014
MGM Resorts International has detailed plans for The Park, a dining and entertainment district being developed between the New York–New York and Monte Carlo resorts, the area surrounding the new arena the company is building with partner AEG. Outdoor restaurants and bars will line the facades of each of the casino resorts. The district between them will debut as The Park in 2016, in conjunction with the opening of the arena. The Park will be inspired by the public plazas, squares and promenades of many European cities, and will offer passersby the opportunity to relax and gather in either sun or shade. There will be small spaces for live performers and cobblestone walkways throughout, connecting the two resorts as well as offering access directly from the Strip. At night, the tulip-like shade structures will emit LED light sequences. Among the restaurant tenants will be new outposts of Shake Shack, Bruxie, Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row and Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar. MGM and its development partners aspire to achieve LEED Gold certification for the new district.