Current Projects

Carcione and Canepa Ranch - Recreation Access Plan

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We want to hear from you! Please take 5-10 minutes to share your thoughts and help Washoe County create a Recreation Access Plan for the Carcione Open Space and Canepa Ranch Open Space properties near Mogul. Click here to view the presentation for more information.


Ballardini Ranch to Michael D. Thompson Trailhead Connector


Washoe County Regional Parks is working in partnership with the Forest Service on a proposed trail alignment that would connect from the Ballardini Ranch Trailhead to the Michael D. Thompson Trailhead. The project is in the preliminary design stage and is anticipated to move forward with environmental clearance work beginning summer 2020.

Ballardini Ranch to Thomas Creek Trailhead Connector

Washoe County Regional Parks is anticipating construction to begin summer 2020 on 3.5 miles of new single-track trail to finish the connection between the Ballardini Ranch Trailhead and the Thomas Creek Trailhead in south Reno. All environmental clearance work has been completed.

Ellen's Park Playground


Washoe County Regional Parks is installing new playground equipment and soft-fall surfacing at Ellen’s Park in spring/summer 2020.

Fuels Reduction on Arrowcreek Open Space


In partnership with the Forest Service and Borda Land and Sheep Company, we will continue annual sheep grazing to reduce fine fuels and weeds in our Arrowcreek Open Space areas. Grazing services are donated by Borda Land and Sheep Company. Please help us keep this valuable program going by keeping dogs on leash when utilizing trails in the Arrowcreek area. Trails include Ballardini Ranch, Thomas Creek, and Whites Creek on both Forest Service and County managed property. Grazing typically occurs April through July.

Integrated Vegetation Management Plan for Truckee River Parks

Washoe County Regional Parks has contracted with Resource Concepts, Inc. to develop an Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Plan for our Truckee River Parks. The IVM plan will provide guidance and best management practices to promote stable perennial plant communities and reduce noxious weeds.

Lower Thomas Creek Trail Reroute and Bridge

Washoe County Regional Parks is working to reroute a section of the Lower Thomas Creek Trail between Arrowcreek Park and Zolezzi Lane. The trail reroute requires a new low-flow bridge crossing and approximately 1/4-mile of new trail construction. Construction is expected to begin in July 2020.

One Truckee River Wayfinding Signage

Washoe County Regional Parks is working in partnership with the Nevada Land Trust, City of Reno, City of Sparks, and the Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) to install wayfinding signs and informational kiosks at locations along the Truckee River from Veteran's Parkway to Crystal Peak Park in Verdi, NV. The project is expected to be complete by November 2020.



Riverbend Trailhead and Access Path


Washoe County Regional Parks is working on the permitting for a new trailhead and access path that would provide additional public access to the Truckee River from our Riverbend Open Space property near Verdi, NV.

Other Projects Include:

  • Betsy Caughlin Donnelly Walking Path Rehabilitation
  • Bowers Mansion Parking Lot Maintenance
  • Crystal Peak Park Bathroom Rehabilitation
  • Mayberry Park Picnic Table and BBQ Replacement
  • Mayberry Park Walking Path Rehabilitation
  • Swan Lake Dock Repair Project