The summer season is coming to an end at public swimming pools in Reno and Sparks. Many of our pools will be operating on reduced schedules and most will close for the season on Labor Day, September 4, 2017. For more information about which facilities are open and when, refer to “Public Swimming Pools and Water Play Places in Reno and Sparks.”

Washoe County is also set to close up shop at its water recreation places – the 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, there is no season limit on 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 to the river. However, use extra caution when in and around the Truckee River this summer and fall. The water has gone down from the raging flows earlier this year, but it is still higher and colder than you may be used to at this time of year.

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Bowers Mansion Pool is the site of this non-competitive kids triathlon, sponsored by Washoe County Parks. The pool is located in Bowers Mansion Regional Park just south of Reno in Washoe Valley.

The Bowers Mansion Pool Kids Triathlon is a great introduction to the world of triathlon races for children of all ages. The triathlon will feature swimming in the historic Bowers Mansion Pool, and biking and running on a course within the park. Each age group has specific distances appropriate for their ages.

The triathlon is part of the Nevada Recreation and Parks Society’s 2017 Northern Nevada Triathlon Series, Carson City Parks and Recreation and Carson Tigersharks swim team, and the City of Sparks Parks and Recreation. The cost is $35 per participant. If you did not pre-register, registration can be processed at Bowers Mansion Pool. Start times are staggered by age group – oldest kids (ages 13 – 18) start at 7:45 a.m. For more information, call (775) 849-1825.

The final triathlon in the 2017 series will be on September 10, 2017 at Alf Sorensen Pool in Sparks, 1400 Baring Boulevard. This one is being put on by Sparks Parks and Recreation.

Source: Washoe County Parks and Open Space

The parks and recreation departments in both Reno and Sparks offer a huge variety of recreational programs and activities for everyone, including little kids, teens, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Here are some examples of what you will find in the “Reno Parks and Recreation Guide”. The current guide covers winter / spring 2017.

  • Youth programs
  • Dance
  • Fitness
  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Inclusion (for those with disabilities)
  • Activities and classes
  • Senior activities (50+)
  • Public parks
  • Public art
  • Rentable facilities
  • Special event

The “Sparks Recreation Activity Guide” offers extensive information about the offerings available from the Sparks Parks and Recreation Department. Since these are two different cities, you will find both similar and different things in each guide. The current Sparks guide covers spring / summer 2017.

Reno and Sparks have specific programs just for disabled citizens. Learn more about these recreation opportunities from “City of Reno Inclusion and Adaptive Programs.”

Both cities have scholarship assistance programs for those who may not be able to afford to participate. These help make it possible for everyone to join in regardless of their financial situation.