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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.

Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center Pool - 1301 Valley Road. (775) 334-2262. This indoor pool is closed until further notice.

Idlewild Pool - 1805 Idlewild Drive in Idlewild Park. (775) 334-2267. This big outdoor pool operates from mid-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 schedule for information about available activities, fees, and hours.

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.

Northwest Pool - 2925 Apollo Way. (775) 334-2203. There are two 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 schedule for information about available activities, fees, and hours.

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. Go online to learn about all the Sparks Aquatics/Swimming offerings. For more information, call (775) 353-2385.

Alf Sorensen Community Center Pool - 1400 Baring Boulevard. Indoor heated pool open year round. There is always something going on. The pool is available for birthday pool parties.

Deer Park Pool - Heated outdoor seasonal pool at 1700 Prater Way. The pool is open during the summer months, but not every day. Check the Swimming/Aquatics brochure for dates and times, or call (775) 353-2385.

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. Here are the Sparks Marina swimming hours for 2016.

  • May 28-30, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • June 4-5, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • June 11 – August 7, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • July 4, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Aug. 13-14, Aug. 20-21, Aug. 27-28, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 3-5, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other Pools and Water Play Places

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. It is open 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.

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

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 spring, Wingfield Park is the site of the Reno River Festival. Other events are held here as well.

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, 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.

Washoe County Splash Parks - North Valleys Splash Park is at North Valleys Regional Park. For 2016, it will be open May 28, 29, 30 and June 4, 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From June 10 to August 7, the park will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 per person per day. Kids 2 and under and seniors 62 and over are free. The park is at 8085 Silver Lake Road in Stead.

Melio Gaspari Water Play Park is at Lazy 5 Regional Park, 7100 Pyramid Way in Spanish Springs. For 2016, it will be open May 28, 29, 30 and June 4, 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From June 10 to August 7, it will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $3 per person per day. Kids 2 and under and seniors 62 and over are free.

Sparks Interactive Fountain - It's free for all to play in the big interactive fountain located in Victorian Square, in front of the Century Sparks 14 and XD theater. Bring the kids for a splash and feel free to join in.

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.

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