The parks and recreation departments in both Reno and Sparks offer a wide 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 fall / winter 2018 – 2019.

  • 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 autumn / winter 2018 – 2019.

Reno has 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.

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Reno area dog parks

August 8, 2018

Every public park, sidewalk, and open space is not there for dog owners to let their pets run wild and poop all over the place. We have six nice dog parks between Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County where dog owners can let their animals run off-leash and socialize, without being a nusiance and hazard to the general public.

These formal dog parks are spread around the Truckee Meadows. Here’s the list…

  • Virginia Lake Park in Reno
  • Whitaker Park in Reno
  • Biggest Little Dog Park in downtown Reno
  • Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno
  • Hidden Valley Regional Park in Washoe County
  • Sparks Dog Park at Sparks Marina

This is really a public safety issue I’ve talked about in the past. Refer to “It’s the law – leash your dog and scoop its poop” for more about misbehaving dog owners in Washoe County.

If you are looking for recreational activities this spring and summer, check out the 2018 spring / summer version of the Reno Parks and Recreation Guide and/or the 2018 spring / summer Sparks Recreation Activity Guide. There is literally something for everyone, from little kids to those with disabilities to the senior citizen set. Things to participate in range from just enjoying Reno’s public art to full-on athletic activities.

The City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department publishes this parks and recreation guide featuring information about recreational programs and activities available to the community. Two guides per year are published and provided free of charge – winter/spring and for summer/fall.

The Sparks Parks and Recreation Department version is called their activity guide. It is published on approximately the same schedule as Reno’s.