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.

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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.

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.”