Typical flora and fauna:
Idlewild is home to an arboretum, a rose garden, and a plethora of plants and wildlife.
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 your own favorite naturalist sightings through iNaturalist!
General Park Information:
Idlewild Park is a 49-acre park with restrooms open all year. Dogs allowed on a leash only.
Amenities Include: Playgrounds, skate park, volleyball court, softball field, swimming pool, parcourse fitness station, rose garden, kids' train, water play feature, rentable shelters, walking/bike riding paths (part of the Tahoe-Pyramid bikeway), duck ponds, The Sensory Garden, The California Building, The Idlewild Park Arboretum, and The James D. Hoff Peace Officers’ Memorial. Idlewild Park is also home to the 53rd Whispering Giant sculpture carved by Peter Wolf Toth.
View the slideshow to see some of Idlewild Park's amenities!
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? 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 also potentially be used as part of an exhibit in our traveling Parks Rephotography Project photo collection! How exciting to have your memories be on display! Click here to learn more.
Idlewild park is a 49-acre park that was once just a few ranches owned by Bennett, Murray, and Ferris. In 1907, the property that is now Idlewild park was purchased by James Newlands (nephew of former US Senator Francis Newlands). In 1921, the City of Reno purchased this property from Newlands for $23,500.
There used to be a fish hatchery in Idlewild Park where the current day Snowflake Pavilion is now located. There also used to be carnival rides (now the Lion’s Den children's playground), an ice skating pond, a zoo (currently the Rose Garden), and (reportedly) Mark Twain's cabin (a cabin was transported in 1924 to Idlewild park from Aurora, Nevada that was reportedly Mark Twain’s. This cabin stood where there is now only an island of trees near the upper pond).
Idlewild Park Entrance
Image by Haley McGuire
Community Stories and Photos:
Rephotography Site Stewards:
To view this collection, click here.
Eric Vincent is one of the Site Stewards for Idlewild Park. He has been involved with The Parks Rephotography Project since 2014!
Thank you Eric for your lasting dedication to the Parks Foundation!
Nathan was co-founder and previous Executive Director of Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Nathan enjoys spending time in parks and noticing the changing of the seasons. Being a Site Steward for the Parks Rephotography Project was his ideal way of documenting changes in order to better understand the health of our parks.
General Park Resources:
Truckee River and Biodiversity Resources:
Mella Harmon and Alicia Barber, “California Building” Reno Historical.
Idlewild Train article: "The Little Engine that Could (in Idlewild Park!)" by Karl Breckenridge.
National Parks Service: California Building History.
“A Brief History of Idlewild Park” by Rod Haulenbeek.
“Twain’s cabin was in Idlewild Park for 20 years” By Patty Cafferata.
Video clip of Idlewild Park from 1946.