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.

The severe cold snap in December, 2013, brought single digit temperatures to the Truckee Meadows for weeks. This sort of thing happens just about every winter, but this time an event occured that hasn’t been seen before.

At Sparks Marina Park, all the fish in the lake went belly up, over 100,000 of them. At first, the mess was a mystery to investigating officials from Sparks and the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).

It wasn’t obvious that the cold temperatures had anything to do with the fish dying and no toxins were found in the water. However, further testing revealed that the dissolved oxygen content of the water was too low to support fish life. The cold snap chilled surface waters to the point that they sank to the bottom, resulting in a turnover of lake water and subsequent depletion of oxygen rich water where the fish live.

Tests in February and March showed oxygen levels in Sparks Marina Lake rebounding to the point of being able to support fish life. The Nevada Department of Wildlife has begun restocking the lake, beginning with about 8,000 rainbow trout at the end of March. As many as 26,000 trout may be added to the waters this year, along with some other species like bass and catfish. According to Chris Healy of NDOW, “People will be able to catch fish, but you have a whole big lake there without any fish in it so it’s going to take a while to get the fishery back like it was.”

If spring fishing is your thing, there are plenty of other choices in the Reno area and throughout Nevada. In fact, spring fishing may be best due to predicted low water levels in area streams and lakes later in the summer. For local choices, refer to “Let’s Go Fishing in Reno and Sparks.”