General Park Information:
Lake Park is a 3.4-acre Reno park without a restroom.
Playground, lake, walking paths, tables, and benches.
View the slideshow to see some of this park's amenities!
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
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?
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 through iNaturalist!
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.
Community Stories and Photos:
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!
General Park Resources:
“Shannon’s Pond Now Recreation Spot for Reno: Mayor Will Christen It Tomorrow Afternoon” Nevada State Journal. Reno, Nevada. November 18, 1951. P. 2.
“Ceremony Held for Lake Park” Reno Evening Gazette. Reno, Nevada. November 20,1951. P. 11.
“Lake Park Settlers Aid Park Program” Reno Evening Gazette. Reno, Nevada. April 16, 1951. P. 7.
“Fireman See No Need for Any Alarm” Nevada State Journal. Reno, Nevada. January 16, 1967. P. 8.