General Park Information:
Whitaker Park is an 8-acre Reno park with a year-round restroom.
Barbecue, dog park, horseshoe court, walking pathway, picnic shelter, playground, rentable shelter, tables/benches, tennis court, and year-round restrooms.
View the slideshow to see some of this park's amenities!
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? Then click here (for gmail account users) or here (if no gmail account) to upload your photos and stories.
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.
How it all began:
“Whitaker Park will eventually be the most beautiful park in Reno,” asserted Mayor E.E. Roberts, quoted in a 1926 Nevada State Journal article.
Photo by Nevada Historical Society
Whitaker Park, one of the oldest parks in Reno, was created on the site of the former Bishop Whitaker’s School for Girls. Ozi W. Whitaker, an Episcopal Bishop, was assigned to Reno in 1868 and opened the school in 1876 on land donated by Charles Crocker of the Central Pacific Railroad. Additional land was purchased from the railroad to expand the original half block donation. Despite the view, at the advantage of being built on a hilltop overlooking the town, the site was described as “drearily located in the midst of sagebrush.” Due to the persevering efforts of Bishop Whitaker, lawn, flowers and trees were planted before the school closed in 1894.
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:
Whitaker Park History Researcher
J. Jobe is the History Researcher for this park. She has dedicated time to research and document the history of Whitaker Park. Thank you J. Jobe for your commitment to our parks and historic preservation!
J Merriman & Gina Russo
J Merriman & Gina Russo are the Site Stewards for Whitaker Park. They have been involved with The Parks Rephotography Project since 2014. Thank you J and Gina for your dedication to the Parks Foundation!
To view this collection, click here.
Rephotography Site Stewards:
City of Reno: Parks & Facilities Directory.
Reno Historical: Bishop Whitaker's School for Girls.
Facebook: Whitaker Park.
Marjorie A. Hanes, “Old Bishop Whitaker Seminary is Being Torn Down for Lumber,” Reno Gazette Journal.
“King and Queen of Playgrounds Are Selected,” Reno Evening Gazette, August 15, 1952.
Jacque Sundstrand, “When Ditches Became Urban: Reno Women and the Fight to Prevent Child Deaths,” Nevada State Historical Society Quarterly.
“Diversion Plan May End One Ditch Hazard in Reno,” Reno Evening Gazette.
Hazard in Reno,” Reno Evening Gazette.
“Fence for a Killer: Project is Mapped for the Orr Ditch,” Nevada State Journal.
Richard Moreno, “What Reno Lacks in Size it Makes Up in Assets,” Reno Evening Gazette.
Janice Hoke, “Reno Parks May Let Dogs Romp,” Reno Gazette Journal.
Ken Alltucker, “Dogs Will Run Free at One Reno Park,” Reno Gazette Journal.
Gerald Miller, “Black Rock Sculpture Gets New Home at Whitaker Park,” Reno Gazette Journal.