General Park Information:

Lake Park is a 3.4-acre Reno park without a restroom.

Amenities Include: 

Playground, lake, walking paths, tables, and benches. 

View the slideshow to see some of this park's amenities!  

Lake Park Plot Map

The Establishment of Lake Park:

Lake Park was established on November 19, 1951 with a ceremony attended by neighbors, City Councilmen, and Mayor Francis R. Smith. It was opened as a recreational area for the surrounding new developments in the Lake Park Heights area, and was centered around Shannon’s Pond. The pond was originally used for ranch irrigation, and is fed by the Highland Ditch (built in 1880) which flows from the Truckee River 12 miles to what is now Rancho San Rafael Park. 

The developers of the Lake Park Heights subdivision, Wiechmann & Probasco, deeded Lake Park to the City of Reno. According to the Reno Evening Gazette on November 18, 1951, hundreds of yards of Truckee River gravel were brought in the form a solid bottom of the 3-foot deep lake. Featured activities in the newly-built park included fishing and ice skating. 


Lake Park Sign


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!

Pencil and notepad


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!



What plants have you seen here?


community submissions

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 here.  

Biodiversity Submissions:

Community Stories and Photos:

Cathy Schmidt, Feb. 2020

Lake Park

The Friends of Lake Park worked today to get the park ready for Spring, cleaning up the garden beds and raking leaves. While we worked, a pair of Killdeer ran around the shore, a Red-Tailed hawk soared overhead, and quite a few people enjoyed walking around the park, including Arnold and Margaret DeAngelis (he is over 100 years old!). What a treasure this little lake is!

Your Name

Lake 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

Lake Park History Researchers

Catherine Schmidt and Elizabeth Francis

Catherine and Elizabeth are the History Researchers for this park. They have dedicated time to research and document the history of the Lake Park. Thank you Catherine and Elizabeth for your commitment to our parks and historic preservation!


resources/more info

General Park Resources: