General Park Information:
Plumas Park is a 5-acre Reno park with a year-round restroom.
Playground, soccer/football field and basketball court. It also contains the Plumas Gym, which has two rentable volleyball courts, a basketball court, and bleacher seating.
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View the slideshow to see some of this park's amenities!
Ownership of the Land:
George Wingfield, who donated the land. Source: Wingfield Family Society.
The location of Plumas Park was once the site of the original B.D. Billinghurst Junior High School. The school opened in fall of 1930 for 600 students and closed in December of 1975. The park was established a few years after the closure of the school.
The school was named for Benson Dillon Billinghurst, who served as Reno’s school superintendent from 1908 until 1950. The land was donated to the city by George Wingfield for the purpose of building a school. At the time of the school’s opening, the 2-story building contained twenty classrooms, a library, study hall, teachers’ room, and gymnasium. There was a basement with rooms for sewing, music, domestic science, cafeteria, and laboratories. The only remaining evidence of the school is the old gymnasium, now used as a recreation center by the City of Reno.
Plumas Park Sign
Image by Jay Kolbet-Clausell
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!
Plumas Park History Researchers
Jill Richardson is the History Researcher for this park. She has dedicated time to research and document the history of Plumas 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? Consider volunteering as a History Researcher today!
Like plants and animals? Volunteer as our Biodiversity Researcher!