The Community Services Department
Regional Parks and Open Space
We are moving! The Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space Office currently located at 2601 Plumas Street is moving to the Washoe County Administration Complex at 1001 East Ninth Street in Reno on Friday, December 13th. The relocation will create more of a "one-stop" shopping experience for citizens and visitors to Washoe County. Services offered at the new location will include park facility and picnic shelter reservations, general park information, park photography permits, park planning (parkland easements, park master plans, park design and construction, trail information), park special event/activity requests. Click HERE for more detailed information.
Washoe County is donating Christmas Trees to local foster families
Washoe County Park Rangers have harvested approximately 100 trees from Galena Creek Regional Park to donate to local foster families for the holidays. These trees were initially scheduled to be removed from the park in mid-2014 as part of a larger fuels reduction plan. However, staff quickly realized that many of the smaller white fir trees would make wonderful holiday trees and offered to cut and donate them to foster families.
Participating foster families will pick up their trees at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park on Saturday, December 7th. They will also be able to enjoy a visit with Smokey Bear, free admission to the Wilbur D. May Museum, and free Christmas tree recycling after the holidays through Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.
2013 Upcoming Events:
Saturday, December 7th - 3:00pm at the Wilbur D. May Museum @ Rancho San Rafael Park
Everyone's favorite musical celebration of the season returns to the May Museum - Tuba Christmas! Enjoy traditional and modern carols performed by a live orchestra of tuba players from around the community. This is a FREE event.
Saturday, December 14th - Noon- 3pm at the Wilbur D. May Museum @ Rancho San Rafael Park
Enjoy art that looks and tastes good at the May Arboretum Society's Gingerbread Festival that will be held in the May Museum to benefit the May Arboretum. Vote on your favorite hand-made gingerbread creations, submitted by people around the community. Also enjoy musical performances, face painting, arts and crafts, and more! Click HERE for more detailed information. Entry forms to participate in the Gingerbread Contest are available HERE.
The May Arboretum Society is looking for donations of prizes for the best gingerbread creations. Please see HERE for more information on donating a prize.
2014 Upcoming Events
Saturdays - January 5th thru March 9th - Bartley Ranch
Come in from the Cold, Bartley Ranch Regional Park's Family Entertainment Series. All programs begin at 7pm, doors open at 5pm. Seating is limited to 200 persons. A $3 per person donation is encouraged.
January 4th - Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association
January 11th - Slide Mountain Band - Hot Bluegrass
January 18th - Mountain Girls
January 25th - The Red Tango
February 1st - Contraband
February 8th - Reno Youth Jazz Quintet
February 15th - Gabardine Sisters Radio Show
March 1st - Blarney Band
March 8th - Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra
Join us on Facebook: Share the outdoor adventure by becoming fans of our "Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space," "Wilbur D. May Center," and "Truckee Meadows Trails" Facebook pages.
Truckee Meadows Trails Guide: A new regional trails guide focusing on the Truckee Meadows vicinity is available in pdf format on our website. Just scroll down this page and click the link below. Reno, Sparks and Washoe County staff worked together to create this guide as a service to our residents and guests. Major funding came from a Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program Grant, along with support from the RSCVA, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Scheels. Hard copies of the guide are also available. For information, call (775) 823-6519.
For information about volunteer opportunities with Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Denise Evans at (775) 823-6525.
Check out Washoe Golf's New Family Executive Course: a beginner-friendly short course that greatly increases the fun of family play has been incorporated into the existing front nine at Washoe Golf Course. For more information, call (775) 828-6640 or visit www.washoegolf.org
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.