Arrow Creek Park

General Park Information:

Arrow Creek Park is a 11-acre park without a restroom.

Amenities Include: 

Multipurpose field, horse trails, picnic area, BBQ area, and playground.

View the slideshow to see some of Arrow Creek Park's amenities!  

LaVere Redfield

The history of Arrow Creek Park is very interesting in that it is tied to a man described as Reno’s version of Howard Hughes…an eccentric millionaire by the name of LaVere Redfield. Unlike Hughes who was born into money, LaVere Redfield was born into a poor family but amassed millions during his lifetime through his own business prowess and penny-pinching ways. As a result, he died in 1974 leaving a substantial amount of land (including the land on which Arrow Creek Park is located) and other assets in Reno worth $70 million.  


A shrewd businessman, philanderer, gambler, hoarder, and extremely frugal, LaVere initially earned his money by investing in the stock market during the Great Depression. While many people lost everything in the crash of the stock market, LaVere became fabulously wealthy. He moved to Reno from California in 1935 to avoid the personal income tax that was being put in place in that state. In fact, Nevada seized the opportunity of California’s income tax to attract millionaires to our state with a “One Sound State” campaign promoting Nevada’s lack of state income tax, corporation tax, and inheritance tax.


Main Sign 

Photo by: Jill Richardson 

Submission Box for Personal Stories/Photos:  

Do you have personal photographs or stories about this park and are willing share your memories with your community? Then click here (for gmail account users) or here (if no gmail account) to upload your photos and stories. If you have a photo 10 years or older of this park, they could potentially be used in an exhibit in our traveling Parks Rephotography Project photo collection! How exciting to have your memories on display! Click here to learn more.  



Typical flora and fauna: 
The following are a few of our favorite highlights. 
See the community submission section below to view additional wildlife sightings found at this park, and submit you own favorite naturalist sightings on iNaturalist here!



What plants have you seen here?



What animals have you seen here?

Submission Box for Biodiversity Sightings:


Click here to document your own biodiversity observations from this park on iNaturalist.

Any observations noted along the Truckee River, please share with the Truckee River Guide project here.  


community submissions 

Biodiversity Submissions:

Community Stories and Photos:

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Arrow Creek Park

Tell us your stories about this park or share your photographs to add to the growing record of our shared park history! 

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Arrow Creek Park

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Arrow Creek Park

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volunteer highlights

Arrow Creek Park History Researcher

Jill Richardson

Jill is the History Researcher for this park. She has dedicated time to research and document the history of Arrow Creek Park and historical figures. Thank you Jill for your commitment to our parks and historic preservation!

Volunteer Researcher:

To learn more about volunteering for this Project, click here.

Enjoy history? Then consider volunteering as a History Researcher today! 

Like plants and animals? Then volunteer as our Biodiversity Researcher!

Researchers Needed:

Rephotography Site Stewards:

To learn more about the Parks Rephotography Project, click here.

Do you like photography? Want to learn more about your local parks?

Consider becoming a Parks Rephotography Site Steward for this park!


Click here to learn more.

Rephotography Volunteer Needed:


References/more info

General Park Resources:

History  Resources:

  • Clifton, G. (2014, November 10). The real story of eccentric Reno millionaire LaVere Redfield. Reno Gazette Journal.

  • Harpster, J. (2014). The Curious Life of Nevada’s LaVere Redfield: The Silver Dollar King. The History Press.

  • GameTime website (2018).   

  • AllTrails website (2018) Lower Thomas Creek Trail. 

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