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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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Rink on the River opens

Come join us at the Rink on the River and learn to ice skate!

Rink on the River is an outdoor ice skating rink and open seasonally from November 26, 2013 to February 2, 2014. The rink is located at 10 N. Virginia street along the Truckee River.

Click here for details on lessons or for more information, visit or call (775) 334-2262.

Attendees will get free skate rental if you bring a donation of new gloves, socks, hats, or scarves. These donations support the Salvation Army.

The opening of the rink is in conjunction with the Holiday Tree Lighting event.

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