Have you ever tried to find a public park in the Truckee Meadows that had certain features matching your interests? Maybe you want to shoot some hoops, go for a trail walk, take the kids to a nice playground – you can find out which parks have amenities like these and lots more with the new “Truckee Meadows Parks Project” from the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.

The searchable database lets you explore and search the approximately 200 parks in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. You can learn about park history, biodiversity, and amenities while exploring parks online. You will not only learn about parks you have never heard of, you will be inspired to get out and visit some new places.

Most public swimming pools in Reno and Sparks will be open for the 2021 season without much in the way of coronavirus restrictions. You will be able to enjoy a nice selection of places to cool off, play in the water, and even learn how to swim.

Unlike last year, Washoe County is opening the naturally heated pool at Bowers Mansion Regional Park for the 2021 summer season. The water play splash parks at Lazy 5 Regional Park and North Valleys Regional Park are also open for 2021.

For free water play, try the Truckee River at Wingfield Park in Reno and Rock Park in Sparks. Both parks have whitewater features for kids and families to enjoy during visits. Get more information and learn about more swimming spots from “Public Swimming Pools and Water Play Places in Reno and Sparks.”

After being COVID-canceled in 2020, free Wednesday evening concerts are back at Lazy 5 Regional Park in 2021. Shows start at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets or low back chairs. Dinner or snacks in small coolers are welcome. Food trucks and a mobile pub will be available offering food and drink for purchase. NO PETS or glass containers.

  • June 23: The Snakeboy Johnson Band (Texas Rockin’ Blues)
  • June 30: Só Sol (Folk/Brazilian/Americana)
  • July 7: Nevada 445 (Boot Stompin’ Country)
  • July 14: Nick Eng (Britpop & Beatles-esque Indie Pop Rock)
  • July 21: Margret’s Funk Band (70’s – Current R&B/Soul Covers)
  • July 28: Arizona Jones (Classic and Modern Rock/R&B Covers)
  • Aug. 4: The Bayberry Cast (Jazz/Latin/Funk)
  • Aug. 11: Buddy Emmer Blues Band (Rockin’ Blues)
  • Aug. 18: Hot Rod Rebellion (Rockabilly/Vintage Rock’n’Roll)
  • Aug. 25: Escalade (Variety/R&B/Motown Dance Covers)

Lazy 5 Regional Park is part of the Washoe County Parks system and is located at 7100 Pyramid Lake Highway, Sparks/Spanish Springs. For more information, call (775) 424-1866.