The Community Services Department
Regional Parks and Open Space
Keep your vehicles and valuables safe while enjoying County parks and trails this summer
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office has launched a proactive, summer-long action plan to reduce vehicle burglaries based on the Sheriff's Take ConTRoL campaign. Read more about it here.
The Rancho San Rafael Regional Park 'Visitor's Center' now has a free Lending Library
Located next to the Park Ranger office, the 'Visitor's Center' now has up to 60 titles in the collection which have been generously donated by the Friends of the Washoe County Library. Subjects include the history, geology, flora and fauna of Nevada and the Great Basin. This no charge program is accessible during normal park hours and books are lent out based on the honor system.
Have you taken the Truckee Meadows Trail Challenge?
Get fit by exploring your parks with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation! The Trails Challenge is a brand new program in partnership with Washoe County, City of Reno, and City of Sparks. Designed for all ages and ability levels, the Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge is a great opportunity to explore countless miles of park trails while improving your health, body and mind. Read more about it HERE or visit www.tmparksfoundation.org!
Get a head start by downloading a PDF of Truckee Meadows Trails Guide!
2014 Upcoming Events
"Nevada Proud Pioneer Picnic"
Bowers Mansion Regional Park, July 26th 10am-4pm
Co-sponsored by the Nevada Historical Society
and an official NV150 Sesquicentennial Event!
Family fun including entertainment, music, food and more!
Including Paiute elder and renowned story teller Ralph Burns, poet Tony Argento, and musicians Richard Elloyan and Lenny Walker.
Find complete details on the Bowers Mansion page!
Come out to Bartley Ranch Regional Park in July for the
"Home Means Nevada" Photo Exhibit and this is the LAST WEEK for "Evenings on the Ranch"!
Western Heritage Interpretive Center, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road
In the spirit of celebrating Nevada's 150th Anniversary of Statehood, photographers from throughout the region will have their favorite Nevada themed pieces on display as part of the "Home Means Nevada" Photo Exhibit. This official Nevada Sesquicentennial Exhibit captures the beauty and splendor of the Silver State. Open daily 8:00am-5:00pm from July 1st-July 31st.
The "Evenings on the Ranch" series on Wednesdays will feature musical entertainment on the Plaza such as:
July 2: Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association @ 7:00pm
Silver State Young Chautauqua @ 7:45pm
July 9: Silver State Young Chautauqua @ 6:45pm
Cowboy Poet Tony Argento @ 7:00pm
Silver State Young Chautauqua @ 7:45pm
July 16: Western musician Charlie Edsall and Wild Horse Drive @ 7:00pm
July 23: Bluegrass music group Sierra Silver Strings @ 7:00pm
The famous Historic Ranch bulidings will also be open for display on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:00pm. Refreshments will be available. The events are free to the public, though donations are encouraged.
Don't Miss the Lazy 5 Summer Music Series!
Lazy 5 Regional Park, 7100 Pyramid Way, Spanish Springs @ 6:30pm Wednesday Evenings
June 25: An evening of Vintage Rock featuring Tazer
July 2: Americana/Bluegrass by Southwestern Pilgrimage
July 9: Old Time Radio Show with The Gabardine Sisters
July 16: Tribute to the Band America by Ventura Highway
July 23: Instrumental Surf with The Mighty Surf Lords
July 30: A Musical Variety featuring Cosmic Boogaloo
Aug 6: Blues & Rock with the Rick Hammond Band
Aug 13: Americana/Bluegrass featuring Homemade Jam
Aug 20: An evening of Classic Rock with Midnight Fire
Aug 27: Squirrely & Soulful Bluegrass by Slide Mountain
And before you enjoy the concert, check out...
Shirley's Farmers' Market - Now at Lazy 5 Regional Park!
Wednesdays 4pm-8pm & Saturdays 7:30am-12:30pm (closed 8/16)
They have it all! Crafts, food vendors, yard art, clothing, skin care products, packaged specialty food items, cooking seasonings and even pet products! Shirley's Farmers' Market also offers an opportunity to interact with farmers and enjoy the social environment of visiting with friends and vendors.
"Ranching at Rancho" Open House at Rancho San Rafael Park
Every Saturday June 7th thru November 22nd, 10am-1pm
Bring the family for a fun, free, ranching themed open house in the main barn area. Each week features a new theme from goats to tractors to chickens, and everything else in between. Check back for details on the weekly theme!
Discover Your Parks Summer Evening Walks!
In cooperation with Washoe County, City of Reno, and City of Sparks, Truckee Meadows Park Foundation will lead a series of Thursday evening interpretive hikes weekly through August 28th. Washoe County locations include Sun Valley Regional Park, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Rancho San Rafael including a May Museum Tour, and Crystal Peak Park. Visit www.tmparksfoundation.org for complete details!
Please check back often as we will continue to add events and announcements through the summer! Also "LIKE" Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space on Facebook for updates!
Our mission is to provide exceptional parks, open space, and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources.
For details about our parks and reservable facilities, please use one of the PDF links below.