Ellen's Park 

General Park Information:

Ellen's Park is a 4-acre Washoe County park with a restroom (open April-October). 

Amenities Include: 

Playground, tennis court, basketball court, horseshoes, picnic shelter.


Here is a link to Ellen's Park on Washoe County’s website.

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

Park Establishment

The community of South Hills was established in the mid-1960’s. Originally known as South Hills Park, a notice to contractors for bids to build the park went out in May 1992, and by 1994 the park was open to the public. The park was built as a part of the Offenhauser Addition to the South Hills Estates, which in 1995 was advertised as “a variety of custom homes situated on large lots.” 

When the park was built in the 1990’s, the neighborhood was valued for its mature trees and views of both Mount Rose and the Truckee Meadows valley, plus it boosted having a quick drive to the city. Over the years, the neighborhood has had a reputation for being friendly and sticking together. 

1994 Google Earth Image of Ellen's Park


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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Ellen's Park

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

Your Name

Ellen's 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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Ellen's 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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volunteer highlights

Ellen's Park History Researcher

Jill Richardson

Jill is the History Researcher for this park. She has dedicated time to research and document the history of Ellen's Park and region. 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

History  Resources:

  • Washoe County: Ellen's Park. 

  • Reno Gazette Journal Article: “Priorities assigned by state park board.” pg. 13. September 20, 1977.

  • Reno Gazette Journal Article: “Question 6 ripple effect felt in county budget hearings” Foo, R. pg.30. May 21, 1980.

  • Reno Gazette Journal Article: “Public Notices.” May 5, 1992.

  • Reno Gazette Journal Article: March 24, 1994.

  • Reno Gazette Journal Article: “Neighborhood.” Gibbs, C. May, 4 1995.

  • Reno Gazette Journal Article: March 4, 1995.

  • Reno Gazette Journal Article: May 24,1997.

  • Reno Gazette Journal Article: “County park to be renamed for late citizen activist.” December 14, 2005.

  • Reno Gazette Journal Article: “Obituaries: Ellen Steiner.” pg. 18. December 21, 2005.

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