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Our Reno and Sparks public swimming pools get busy when the heat cranks up. The hot months are when the seasonal outdoor swimming pools are open, along with indoor pools open year round. If you like it a little more rustic, try some of the outdoor water play places we have in the Truckee Meadows.

Public Swimming Pools in Reno

The City of Reno has four public swimming pools. Two pools are outdoors and only operate during the summer months. For more information, visit City of Reno: Aquatics or call (775) 334-2262.

Idlewild Pool - 1805 Idlewild Drive in Idlewild Park. (775) 334-2267. This big outdoor pool operates from June through the summer months. The pool is 50 meters long and features 8 lanes, two boards, and a tot pool. Public swimming, lessons, and adult swim clinics are available. Refer to the Idlewild pool web page for information about available activities, fees, and hours. (775) 334-2267.

Northwest Pool - 2925 Apollo Way. (775) 334-2203. There are two indoor pools at this location. The main pool has eight 25 yard lanes. The training pool is 30 by 60 feet with a depth of 4 inches to 2.5 feet. Refer to the Northwest pool web page for information about the pool schedule, available activities, fees, and hours. (775) 334-2203.

Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center Pool - 1301 Valley Road. (775) 334-2262. Closed until roof construction is completed (expected re-opening October 2017).

Traner Pool - 1600 Carville Drive. Outdoor pool is 25 yards long with a double flume slide and a water playground. It is open from mid-June to mid-August.

Traner Pool closed for 2017 season - On March 16, 2017, Traner Pool was severely vandalized. The damage to the facility included stolen electrical and plumbing equipment, and the pool boiler was destroyed. It is anticipated that the pool will not be able to open for the 2017 summer season. The City of Reno currently plans to repair the pool to prepare for opening it in summer 2018 with extended public swimming hours. The Reno Police Department is investigating the theft and vandalism. Anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspect(s) should contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2115, Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW. (Source: City of Reno press release)

Idlewild Pool, swimming pools in Reno, Nevada
Idlewild Pool in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Public Swimming Pools in Sparks

Sparks Parks and Recreation operates three public swimming pools, two of which are outdoor pools that operate on a seasonal basis during the summer months. Pools in Sparks offer a full range of activities, including open swimming, swimming lessons, water fitness, aquacize, lifeguard training, adapted aquatics, and more. For more information, call (775) 353-2385.

Alf Sorensen Community Center Pool - 1400 Baring Boulevard. Indoor heated pool is open year round. There is always something going on. The pool is available for birthday pool parties. In addition to the main pool, the facility offers a gym, tot pool, fitness center and meeting rooms. (775) 353-2385.

Deer Park and Pool - Heated outdoor seasonal pool at 1700 Prater Way. The pool is open during the summer months, but not every day. Check the Deer Park and Pool web page for dates and times, or call (775) 353-2385. On Almost Free Tuesdays, everyone can swim for just $2.

Swimming at Sparks Marina Park - 300 Howard Drive. The free swimming beach at Helms Lake in the park is open most days during the summer months. There are a few closed days and hours vary somewhat, so be sure to check the schedule or call (775) 353-2376. Other water activities are also available, including non-power boating, sailing, scuba diving, and fishing. There is a playground near the swimming beach, restrooms, free parking, and a concession stand.

2017 Sparks Marina Swimming Hours Schedule

  • May 27 – 29, 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • June 3 – 4, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • June 10 – August 6, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • July 4, 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • August 12 – 13, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • August 19 – 20, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • August 26 – 27, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • September 2 – 4, 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sparks Marina Park swimming area, Sparks, Nevada
Public swimming area at Sparks Marina Park. Photo © Stan White

Other Pools and Water Play Places around Washoe County

Bowers Mansion Pool - The public swimming pool at Bowers Mansion Regional Park is open during the summer season from early June to mid-August. This unique and historic outdoor pool is heated by a natural hot spring and is kept between 78 and 83 degrees. There is a wading pool for kids 6 and under. The pool is open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, and from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Swimming lessons are also available. Bowers Mansion Regional Park is located in Washoe Valley, about 21 miles south of Reno on U.S. 395 / I580. For more information about pool operations, call (775) 785-4512 x106.

Wingfield Park in Reno - The Truckee River flows in two channels through Wingfield Park, creating Belle Isle in the heart of downtown Reno. In the river itself and around the island is the Truckee River Whitewater Park, a man-made but natural looking attraction for kayakers, tubing, rafting, swimming and water play. Wingfield Park and the river are popular during the hot summer months, drawing locals and visitors alike to cool off right in the middle of town. All of this is free and open to the public. In May, Wingfield Park is the site of the Reno River Festival. Other events are held here as well.

Warning note for the 2017 summer season - The Truckee River will be running unusually high, fast and cold this spring and summer due to record winter snowfall and rain in the Sierra and northern Nevada. Use extreme caution when playing near or in the river, and keep a close eye on children. This caution includes the entire length of the Truckee River from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake.

Whitewater Park at Rock Park in Sparks - Rock Park sprawls along the north bank of the Truckee River, with shade trees, picnic areas, walking and biking path, restrooms, playground, and a whitewater park similar the the one upstream in Reno. There is parking inside the park. Rock Park's whitewater park has proven to be a popular spot on hot summer days. The whitewater features aren't quite as big as those in Reno, making this a great place for kids to have fun playing in the Truckee River.

North Valleys Water Splash Park is at North Valleys Regional Park. For 2017, the park opens on Saturday, May 27. Admission is $3 per person per day. Kids 2 and under and seniors 62 and over are free. There are 3 covered pavilions available to rent for parties. Call (775) 823-6501. The park is at 8085 Silver Lake Road in Stead. (775) 971-3047.

Melio Gaspari Water Play Park is at Lazy 5 Regional Park, 7100 Pyramid Way in Spanish Springs. For 2017, it opens in early June. Admission is $3 per person per day. Kids 2 and under and seniors 62 and over are free. There are 2 covered pavilions available to rent for parties. Call (775) 823-6501.

Wild Island Family Adventure Park - Wild Island has the only big water park in the area, complete with huge water slides for big kids to more tame features for little kids. Food, drink, a gift shop, and even a bar for those 21+ are available in the park. Other attractions that operate all year include Coconut Bowl, High Ballocity, Laser Mazes, Pirate Cove Black Light Mini Golf, Go Karts, and Outdoor Mini Golf. Wild Island is at 250 Wild Island Ct. in Sparks. The info phone is (775) 359-2927.

Pyramid Lake - This beautiful desert lake is a popular summer swimming, boating, and fishing spot. Most areas designated for camping, fishing, boating, swimming, and other activities are along the west shore. Pyramid Lake is completely within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation and all recreational activities require a tribal permit. Permits can be purchased online, from outlets in Nixon and Sutcliffe, the Sutcliffe Ranger Station, 2500 Lakeview Drive, Sutcliffe, NV 89510, or at a number of vendors around the area.

Sand Harbor Beach and State Park at Lake Tahoe - Sand Harbor offers a number of family-friendly recreational activities, including long sandy beaches, swimming, a boat launch, picnicking, group use areas, hiking, watercraft rentals and tours, and restrooms. This is a great place to visit during the hot days of summer, but it is real popular and gets crowded. Be sure to read my Sand Harbor article for information about parking and the shuttle bus service from Incline Village.

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