Washoe County Regional Parks and Open SpaceRegional Parks and Open Space is part of Washoe County's Community Services Department. Our mission is to provide exceptional parks, open space and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources. Washoe County manages over 12,000 acres including over 10,000 acres of open space, 49 parks, an Arboretum, developed trails, trailheads, athletic fields, golf courses, a campground, a shooting facility, an archery facility, a museum, and so much more! If you have a favorite outdoor activity, chances are it can be done in a Washoe County Park!
Highlights & Current Events
Bands take center stage at Bowers Mansion!
Starting this Friday, May 29 at 7:00pm
Bowers Mansion Regional Park
4005 US Highway 395 North, Washoe Valley
Programs on the Porch is back with fantastic musical performances through the end of June. Don't miss Jesse French this Friday! Bowers Mansion will also be open for self-guided tours from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, $5 for adults and $3.50 for seniors and children. Visit the Bowers Mansion page for more details.
The May Arboretum Society's Annual Plant Sale is Coming!
Saturday, May 30th, 8:00am-12:00pm
Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street
This is a gardener's dream sale with more than 2,500 plants and flowers! Find unique, hard-to-find, and native plants diverse in selection and size. Every plant is identified with its common and botanical name, type of flower, and sunlight requirement. Horticulturalists and members of the May Arboretum Society will be on hand to offer growing tips and advice. Cash, check and credit cards accepted. The sale will continue June 1st thru June 5th from 10:00am-2:30pm for late shoppers until inventory is gone. Visit www.mayarboretumsociety.org for more details.
Community Cleanup of Crystal Peak Park sponsored by Cabelas
Tuesday, June 2nd, 9:00am-11:00am
Crystal Peak Park
Old Highway 40, Verdi
Join Cabelas employees for a morning of cleanup and park maintenance at the beautiful Crystal Peak Park in Verdi along the Truckee River. Tools and supplies will be provided, please just bring your own work gloves. Coupons to Cabelas will be given out in appreciation of your help! Contact Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 829-4128 to RSVP or get more information.
Saturday, June 13th, 8am-8pm
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation Office, Idlewild Park (City of Reno Park)
50 Cowan Drive, Reno
An all day photo scavenger hunt to the 200+ parks, trails, and open spaces in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County. Read more about it at on the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation webpage.
Wally's World: "The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada"
March 23-July 17
Exhibit Reception: Thursday, June 18 12pm-1pm
Rancho San Rafael Park Visitor Center
Between the Ranger office and Arboretum office, 1595 N. Sierra Street
Featuring 35 pieces of art from Wally Cuchine's collection. Curated and Gallery Notes by Jim McCormic and organized by the Nevada Arts Council as part of the Nevada Touring Initiative - Traveling Exhibition Program. Join Wally Cuchine on Thursday, June 18th from noon to 1pm for a brown bag lunch talk about both his personal collection and the curated pieces on display.
Lazy 5 Regional Park Summer Music Series
6:30pm on Wednesdays, June 17-August 12
Lazy 5 Regional Park
7100 Pyramid Way, Spanish Springs
Enjoy this FREE outdoor concert series, now including a Farmers' Market with free kids crafts each evening! View this year's concert lineup!
Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild Demonstrations & Historic Huffaker School Open House
Select Saturdays throughout 2015
Historic Huffaker School House
Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road
The Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild are a group of local craft artists that promote appreciation and knowledge of fiber arts in our community through demonstration, and encourage others to take up spinning and weaving to keep the fiber arts alive. The Historic Huffaker School will be open between 9am and 3pm for viewing of live demonstrations by the Spinners and Weavers, and for self guided tours. Park Rangers will be offering guided tours of the historic school house at 1pm. Dates include Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 in 2015. This is a free event.
Click here for a listing of several other events taking place in parks managed by Washoe County in the upcoming months.
Washoe County offers fun options for the summer!
Looking to stay cool? Check out the webpages for the Melio Gaspari Water Play Park at Lazy 5 Regional Park and North Valleys Water Splash Park at North Valleys Regional Park for schedules, fees, party pavilion reservations, and updates on any weather or maintenance related closures. More information on the opening of Bowers Pool will be available soon. Are you more of a history buff? Bowers Mansion is currently open, check their site for schedules, fees, and upcoming events.
Off-leash pasture at Rancho San Rafael Park expected to close this season due to drought
Washoe County Parks are Conserving Water
Washoe County is actively conserving water in several ways as we enter what is expected to be an extremely dry summer. Washoe County is reducing water use by ten percent at all County parks, except those irrigated by treated (reclaimed/effluent) or ditch water. The public should call 775-328-2311 to report a water leak at a County Park. Click here to learn how the County is conserving water through a list of frequently asked questions and answers.