General Park Information:
Ellen's Park is a 4-acre Washoe County park with a restroom (open April-October).
Playground, tennis court, basketball court, horseshoes, picnic shelter.
View the slideshow to see some of Ellen's Park amenities!
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
Photo by: Jill Richardson
Submission Box for Personal Stories/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. Click here to submit your stories and/or photos!
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:
Ellen's Park History Researcher
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!
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.