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Fire and Charcoal Grill Restrictions

Please be advised that the Washoe County park system is aligned with Humbold-Toiyabe National Forest and BLM in restricting campfires and the use of charcoal pits at all parks until fire restrictions are lifted. Fires, campfires, or barbecues using wood, charcoal or other materials with the exception of portable stoves/grills using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are prohibited. This includes the use of campfire rings at Davis Creek Regional Park, and barbecues located through the park system. If you choose to bring your portable propane grill, please make sure to place it on a concrete pad near the park's charcoal grill, and not under trees or in the parking lot. 

Construction on Lakeside Drive

Lakeside Drive from Evans Creek to McCarran Blvd. will be under construction starting on July 20, 2020. This construction is expected to continue for approximately 3 months and may cause some access issues for Bartley Ranch Regional Park. However, Lakeside Drive will still continue to be open to 2 way traffic. This is an RTC road project with new sidewalks and bike lanes being added.  

Construction may impact access to Huffaker Hills Trail

Huffaker Hills Trail access may be impacted due to heavy construction along Alexander Lake Road. Please use caution and be aware of heavy truck traffic. Construction is scheduled to begin the week of June 8th and be completed in January of 2021. 

Washoe County Aquatics Facilities Closures

All Washoe County aquatics facilities: Bowers Mansion Pool, North Valleys Water Splash Park, and Melio Gaspari Water Play Park will remain closed for the 2020 summer season. This was not an easy decision to make and we will greatly miss all of our park users. We plan to use this time to make needed improvements to the facilities and look forward to reopening even stronger in 2021.

Bowers Mansion Pool Expansion Project

Thanks to a grant from the William N. Pennington Foundation, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space is able to expand the existing concrete pool deck to provide a rentable area with shade structures, picnic tables, and benches. Based on a competitive bid process, the lowest responsible bidder was Houston Smith Construction in the amount of $211,730.00. Work is set to be complete before summer.

Restoration Work on Bowers Mansion


Bowers Mansion has reopened for tours after extensive exterior restoration work! (Masks will be required and tours will be limited to 5 people per tour).

Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space is pleased to announce the opening of Bowers Mansion for weekend and holiday tours beginning on Saturday, August 29th, 2020. The mansion underwent extensive exterior restoration work in the preceding five months to improve the sustainability and beauty of this iconic, historic landmark in Washoe County.

Washoe County Parks now designated Smoke & Vape-Free

Smoke free signWashoe County and the Washoe County Health District, City of Reno and City of Sparks have worked together over the last two years on a regional effort among all jurisdictions to ensure our city and county parks are designated smoke and vape-free locations.

Taking into consideration the health of people, pets, wildlife, environmental impacts, maintenance, clean-up costs and fire risk, residents and agencies have agreed that ensuring our parks are smoke and vape-free is in the best interest of our community.

Expect to see signs installed over the coming months, and click here if you'd like to know more about the considerations in making this decision and planned methods of enforcement.

Download the new MOBILE version of the Galena Creek Nature Trail Guide

Explore the Nature Trail located at Galena Creek Regional Park while following along to our new mobile and interactive Galena Creek Nature Trail Guide, formatted for easier use from a mobile device.

Now Update
: 'Birds of Davis Creek Regional Park' Guide

If you enjoy birding, be sure to visit Davis Creek Regional Park as it is a hotspot for birds! Being located in the transition zone between the forested Sierra Nevada's and the Great Basin Desert, this park is home to many species of birds. All the pictures in the Birds of Davis Creek Regional Park Guide were taken within the park and information was acquired from


Pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Guide!

Looking for engaging, park-based activities to do with your children? Download our Junior Ranger Activity Guide or pick up a copy at your local park office. This free program can be done at your own pace, is flexible enough to appeal to a large age range, and can be completed at any combination of Washoe County parks. Visit our Become a Junior Ranger page for complete details.

Current Planning & Development Projects: Click Here.