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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 Trailhead

Huffaker Hills Trailhead 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

The County Commissioners recently approved and awarded a $511,000 contract to Reno-based Sullivan Structures, LLC for some restoration work to be done on the historic mansion. Work is set to begin March 9th, 2020 and last about 120 days. Please 'pardon our dust' during this restoration project and know that opening day for mansion tours may be delayed depending on restoration progress.

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.

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: '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.

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