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Recreation & Parks Commission

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The Recreation and Parks Commission reviews acquisition and development plans for the City's park system and maintenance practices of the park system. The Commission also reviews recreation programs and makes recommendations to the City Council.


The Recreation and Parks Commission is appointed by the City Council, and consists of 9 voting members who reside within the City of Reno. Members of the Recreation and Parks Commission are appointed for terms of three years.

Typical Duties

The purposes of the Recreation and Parks Commission include advising and making recommendations to the City Council and Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services regarding:

  • Promote, aid and encourage public recreation, including the acquisition and development of recreation and park facilities.
  • Maintenance, development, finance and operation of all City-owned or operated recreation areas and facilities, and developing rules and regulations governing the use of those facilities.
  • Establish time schedules for acquisition, lease, dedication or exchange of lands for recreation or park purposes, and the development of park and recreation master plans, site plans, and operating plans..
  • Annual budgets for recreation and park facilities, programs, and special events. 
  • Use and availability of facilities, rates, tolls and charges for services.
  • Financial advocate for recreation program services, so that it may receive adequate support from public officials, citizens, businesses, nongovernment organizations, and maintenance operation. 

Time Commitment

The Recreation and Parks Commission meets in the evenings on the first Tuesday of each month for approximately 2 hours. Additional special meetings and subcommittee work may be involved.

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Holiday Tree Lighting

Rink on the River Opens

The annual holiday tree lighting will be Tuesday, November 26 at 5pm. 

This fun and magical event features musical entertainment and a much anticipated countdown of the tree lighting with City Council members to kick off the holiday season in downtown Reno. Billinghurst Middle School Choir will sing holiday carols starting at 5 pm.

Immediately following the tree lighting is the opening of the 2013-14 ice skating season at Rink on the River. Click here for more information on the Rink on the River. Attendees will get free skate rental if you bring a donation of new gloves, socks, hats, or scarves. These donations support the Salvation Army.

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