General Park Information:
Pleasant Valley Park is a 6-acre park without a restroom.
Playground, multi-use field, and picnic area.
Here is a link to Pleasant Valley Park on Washoe County’s website.
View the slideshow to see some of this park's amenities!
Photo by: Jay Kolbet-Clausell
Settlers in Pleasant Valley:
1850 Wagon Train in Mountains. Source: NDOT
The history of this area goes back to the days before Nevada was a state. With its proximity to the gold rush in California and the Comstock Lode in Virginia City, the entire Washoe Valley was one of the earliest settlements in the state. During the late 1800s, the valley was home to many quartz mills. Lumber was harvested in the mountains and brought down to the valley in flumes, then transported to the Comstock mines. The valley was also home to many ranches, raising cattle and growing crops to supply the growing population.
One of the first European settlers in Pleasant Valley was George Smith. Smith and his family were Mormons from the Utah Territory who came to the area around 1858 and settled on 160-acres of land. Smith named the area Pleasant Valley. The family farmed the land with alfalfa, wheat and barley for many years. As one visitor reported, “Looking around in Pleasant Valley are waving grass and green orchards and happy homes with families named Smith.”
Prior to the influx of European settlers to Nevada, this area was home to many Native American groups including the Northern Paiute, the Washoe, and the Shoshone. To learn more about these three tribes today, visit the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony website here: http://www.rsic.org/.
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:
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!
Pleasant Valley Park History Researcher
Jill Richardson is the History Researcher for this park. She has dedicated time to research and document the history of Pleasant Valley Park. Thank you Jill for your commitment to our parks and historic preservation!
Washoe County website: Pleasant Valley Park
Newspapers.com: Reno Gazette-Journal
Newspapers.com: Nevada State Journal