Lazy 5 Regional Park is having another summer of free Wednesday evening concerts thanks to the generous support of community sponsors. Shows start at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets or low back chairs. Dinner or snacks in small coolers are welcome. NO PETS or glass containers.

  • June 27: 80’s New Wave Covers with “New Wave Crave”
  • July 4: Chart topping hits by Air Force Band of the Golden West “Mobility”
  • July 11: Texas Blues, Rock & Soul with “Snakeboy Johnson”
  • July 18: Dixieland Jazz by “Chris Wessel’s Jazz Dixie Review”
  • July 25: Newgrass & Americana with “Sage Creek”
  • Aug. 1: A Musical Variety performed by “Escalade”

Lazy 5 Regional Park is part of the Washoe County Parks system and is located at 7100 Pyramid Lake Highway, Sparks/Spanish Springs. For more information, call (775) 424-1866.

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Spring days are for getting outside and enjoying a hike in the Reno area. We have a wide variety of hiking and walking trails, though some of the ones up higher in the Sierra might not be open just yet due to the late snow this winter. My “Reno Area Hiking and Walking Trails” article is a good place to start when looking for a suitable trail.

Here are some of the hikes I have done and can recommend. Be sure to choose something within your abilities. Remember, this is supposed to be fun.

There are two guided hiking series taking place right now. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading “Discover Your Parks Walks” at a different park every week through September. “Walk With Washoe” is led by Washoe County staff. These outings are at various locations around the county.

Attention dog owners – It’s the law to keep dogs on leash at all times in designated congested areas of Washoe County and in Nevada State Parks. It doesn’t matter if your dog is “friendly.” Other users of public trails do not want to be approached and/or threatened by unleashed dogs. They don’t enjoy piles of dog poop all over the place, either. Be considerate of others using our trails – leash your dogs and pick up the poop.

Tahoe Meadows Trailhead, hiking, Reno, Nevada

Photo © Stan White

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.”