Winter is coming and Galena Creek Visitor Center will soon be switching to winter operating hours and days. Starting on Sunday, October 15, 2017, opens times and days will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday. This schedule will continue through April 30, 2018, when summer hours will once again go into effect.

Fall and winter are great times to enjoy family fun at Galena Creek Visitor Center and the surrounding park. Here are some things going on during the rest of October, 2017.

Guided Hikes – Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Join a naturalist along one of the Galena Park trails and learn about the area. If there is snow, these hikes will be on snowshoes.

Galena Toddlers – Thursday, October 19, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bring your toddler to the visitor center for story time, a craft/activity, and a nature walk. Specific activities may vary.

Basques in the West – Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join Xabier Irujo, co-director of UNR’s Center for Basques Studies, as he discusses the presence of the Basques in the American West.

What Will the Weather Be? – Sunday, October 22, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Chris Smallcomb of the National Weather Service will give us an overview of what is known and the many unknowns about the coming winter.

A suggested donation of $5 for each activity is requested to help pay for programs. Galena Creek Visitor Center is at 18250 Mount Rose Highway in south Reno. For more information, call (775) 849-4948.

Source: Great Basin Institute.


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.

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