General Park Information:
Arrow Creek Park is a 11-acre park without a restroom.
Multipurpose field, horse trails, picnic area, BBQ area, and playground.
View the slideshow to see some of Arrow Creek Park's amenities!
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.
Photo by: Jill Richardson
Submit Your Park Stories and Photos!
Do you have personal photographs or stories about this park and are willing to share your memories with your community? Stories and photos can be recent adventures in the park, old memories of what the park used to be like, or fond remembrances of what this park has meant to you in the past. Sharing your photographs and memories will help to build our shared history of these important public places.
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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!
Community Stories and Photos:
Arrow Creek Park History Researcher
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!
Washoe County: Arrow Creek Park.
General Park 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). https://www.gametime.com/
AllTrails website (2018) Lower Thomas Creek Trail.