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
Ranching at Rancho returns - now featuring Pony Rides!
Saturdays thru Nov 21st, 10:00am-1:00pm
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
Bring the family for a fun, free ranching themed open house in the main barn area. Each week features a new theme from goats to tractors and everything else in between. Visit with our resident chickens and turkeys, cool off inside the Discovery Room, or your little one can enjoy a pony ride for only $5! Themed Ranching at Rancho activities will only be offered on Saturdays, but ride the ponies Fri, Sat, or Sun between 10am-1pm each week.
Bands take center stage at Bowers Mansion!
Friday Evenings thru June at 7:00pm
Bowers Mansion Regional Park
4005 US Highway 395 North, Washoe Valley
Programs on the Porch is back with fantastic musical performances. Visit the Bowers Mansion page for the concert lineup and more details. 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.
Six great reasons to visit Bartley Ranch this July!
"Evenings on the Ranch": Wednesdays, 7/1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Parks: Past/Present Perspectives Exhibit: July 1-31
Bartley Ranch Regional Park
Western Heritage Interpretive Center
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno
Washoe County is proud to be part of the 20th Anniversary of Artown and the July 2015 Festival! "Evenings on the Ranch" is back at 7pm on Wednesday nights this July with a nice variety of performers and Icecycle Creamery on hand for tasty treats. The historic ranch buildings will also be open for display starting at 6pm. View the press release for the lineup and more information. Also don't miss the Parks: Past/Present Perspectives exhibition consisting of 20 historical photographs courtesy of the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. The exhibit is open daily from 8am-5pm, with extended hours to 8pm on Wednesdays. Admission is free. More details are available by viewing the press release.
Wally's World: "The Loneliest Art Collection in Nevada"
March 23-July 17
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. View the press release here for more information about the exhibit.
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!
Hawkins Amphitheater heats up this summer!
Bartley Ranch Regional Park
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno
This gorgeous outdoor venue will be offering a variety of options for spending a pleasant summer afternoon or evening under the stars. Check out the 2015 Schedule of Events for an updated listing. The season will begin mid-June and runs through October.
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.
Tree removal at Galena Creek Regional Park
Washoe County Parks is currently working with the US Forest Service and Nevada Division of Forestry on a grant funded fuels reduction project at Galena Creek Regional Park. The process of intentional tree removal is important for our County Park, the neighboring community, and the overall health of the forest. Please click here to read more about why trees are being removed from this popular area.
Serve on the Washoe County Open Space and Regional Park Commission
Washoe County Community Services Department is accepting applications for persons living in the unincorporated portion of Washoe County (Commission Districts 2 and 5) to serve on the Washoe County Open Space and Regional Parks Commission. Washoe County residents with an interest in the future of the County’s open spaces, parks, trails, natural resources, wildlife, and recreational opportunities are encouraged to apply.
The board acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners. Examples of items that come before the board include district and park master plans; schedule of priorities for acquisition and development of park property; parks budgets; and rates and fees for services and facility uses.
Open Space and Regional Parks Commissioners are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to serve a 4-year term. The Parks Commission meets monthly, usually at 2:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday. Members receive no compensation.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: JUNE 30, 2015, 5 P.M.
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. Bowers Pool is also now open! Check out the Bowers Mansion Pool webpage for more information on extended hours, rates, and swim lessons. 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 closed for the season
The Highland Ditch, which is the sole source of water to Rancho's off leash pasture area, has been shut off by the Federal Water Master due to low water flows in the Truckee River. Sunday, June 7th was the last day the pasture was open to public use, including off-leash dogs, for the remainder of the summer and possibly into the fall and winter. View the press release for more specific information, and check out our Dog Parks page for a list of frequently asked questions and other off-leash options. Thank you - we appreciation your cooperation in preserving this valuable resource!
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.
Washoe Golf Course will be impacted by drought
Washoe County will be reducing irrigation water at the Washoe Golf Course by 42 percent when the Steamboat Ditch is shut off by the Federal Water Master. The ditch is the popular golf course's primary source of water, and irrigating without it is a challenge. Read the press release for more complete details.