Lazy 5 Regional Park is having another summer of free Wednesday evening concerts thanks to the generous support of community sponsors. Shows start at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets or low back chairs. Dinner or snacks in small coolers are welcome. NO PETS or glass containers.

  • June 27: 80’s New Wave Covers with “New Wave Crave”
  • July 4: Chart topping hits by Air Force Band of the Golden West “Mobility”
  • July 11: Texas Blues, Rock & Soul with “Snakeboy Johnson”
  • July 18: Dixieland Jazz by “Chris Wessel’s Jazz Dixie Review”
  • July 25: Newgrass & Americana with “Sage Creek”
  • Aug. 1: A Musical Variety performed by “Escalade”

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.


Public swimming pools in Reno and Sparks become popular places when summer weather heats things up across the Truckee Meadows. We have a nice selection of places to cool off, play in the water, and even learn how to swim. Most pools are set to open for the Memorial Day weekend, ahead of the regular season which begins in June.

Washoe County is also in the game with the naturally heated pool at Bowers Mansion Regional Park in Washoe Valley and water play splash parks at Lazy 5 Regional Park and North Valleys Regional Park.

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. Be extra careful during spring, however, as flows in the Truckee River can be high and the water is colder than it will be during summer. Get more information from “Public Swimming Pools and Water Play Places in Reno and Sparks.”

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading free walks in different Washoe County parks from April 5 through September 27, 2018. All walks are on Thursday evenings and are half a mile to about 1.5 miles. Each week, you can explore a new location and learn about the unique and varied ecology and history of parks in our area. Plan on spending a bit over an hour on each hike. Walks are open to everyone.

The first 2018 walk, on April 5, will be at Damonte Ranch Park and Wetlands in south Reno. Others follow each Thursday evening through September. Get additional information from “Discover Your Parks Walks in Washoe County.”

  • April 5 – Damonte Ranch Park and Wetlands
  • April 12 – Rancho San Rafael Regional Park Nature Trail
  • April 19 – Sun Valley Regional Park
  • April 26 – Wedekind Regional Park (4th Street entrance)
  • May 3 – Bicentennial, Wingfield and Barbara Bennet Parks
  • May 10 – Mayberry Park
  • May 17 – Lockwood Loop and Interpretive Trail
  • May 24 – Dorostkar Park
  • May 31 – Oxbow Nature Study Area
  • June 7 – Crystal Peak Park
  • June 14 – Ballardini Ranch Trailhead
  • June 21 – Sierra Vista Future Park Site
  • June 28 – Bartley Ranch Regional Park
  • July 5 – Hidden Valley Regional Park (north entrance)
  • July 12 – Galena Creek Regional Park (Galena loop)
  • July 19 – Wildcreek Park
  • July 26 – Bowers Mansion Regional Park
  • August 2 – Rock Park
  • August 9 – Virginia Lake Park
  • August 16 – Deer Park
  • August 23 – Idlewild Park
  • August 30 – Cottonwood Park
  • September 6 – Swan Lake Nature Study Area
  • September 13 – Rancho San Rafael Regional Park and Wilbur D. May Arboretum
  • September 20 – Sparks Marina
  • September 27 – Idlewild Park