General Park Information:
Jamaica Park is an 8-acre Reno park with a restroom (opened seasonally: late April-early October weather permitting).
Playground, soccer/football field, baseball/softball field, horseshoes, walking paths, picnic shelter, barbecue area, and tables/benches.
Here is a link to Jamaica Park on the City of Reno’s website.
View the slideshow to see some of this park's amenities!
Jamaica Park was named after nearby Jamaica Avenue, and was probably built in the 1960s or 1970s. Records detailing the exact date of the park have not been found, but the park is located in the Smithridge Park neighborhood, which started to be built in the early 1960s.
It’s not clear why the name Jamaica was used. The developer of the neighborhood was J.J. Matthews of Consolidated Construction Company, and they wanted to use a park theme when naming the streets. The plan was to name the main streets after trees (Alder, Almond) and the smaller residential streets after bushes and flowers (Azalea, Persimmon).
Image by: Jay Kolbet-Clausell
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.
Click here to upload your photos and/or stories!
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 through iNaturalist!
Community Stories and Photos:
Jamaica Park History Researcher
Jill is the History Researcher for this park. She has dedicated time to research and document the history of Jamaica Park. Thank you Jill for your commitment to our parks and historic preservation!
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!
City of Reno: Jamaica Park
Apartments first phase of $100 million Duffel Development. (1973, July 15). Nevada State Jorurnal , p. 33.
At last, students get a look at their new school. (1975, December 19). Reno Evening Gazette , p. 15.
Developer pays 3.5 million for 322 acre Reno parcel. (1972, March 13). Reno Evening Gazette , p. 1.
Drew, L. (1975, February 9). It was heartbreaking for many Washoe youngsters. Nevada State Journal , p. 7.
Editorial: Meadowood helping out. (24, March 1979). Reno Evening Gazette , p. 4.
J. G. Peckham former civic leader passes. (1961, November 14). Reno Evening Gazette , p. 1.
McAndrew, S. (2014, March 14). District investigating threat made on bathroom wall at Pine Middle School. Retrieved April 19, 2020, from Siobhan McAndrew's Report Card
McFarren, J. (1975, July 19). Opposing forces abount in shopping center issue. Nevada State Journal , p. 5.
Meadowood plans detailed for 103 acres of shopping. (1977, July 25). Reno Evening Gazette , p. 1.
Meadowood Shopping Mall to have 115 stores. (1979, March 19). Reno Evening Gazette , p. 3C.
Meet the new kids on the block. (1983, March 14). Reno Gazette-Journal , p. 7.
Powers, L. (1979, March 24). Meadowood Mall - a preview tour. Reno Evening Gazette , p. 11.
Powers, L. (1975, July 30). New school opening delays irrate board. Reno Evening Gazette , p. 13.
Sculptures enhance Meadowood Mall. (1979, March 26). Reno Evening Gazette , p. 87.
Stevenson, J. (1977, February 15). Huge shopping center sewer will have to wait. Reno Evening Gazette , p. 15.