Wingfield Park

General Park Information:

Wingfield Park is a 3-acre Reno park without a restroom.


Amenities Include: 

Walking paths, grass field, whitewater rafting park, and amphitheater. Wingfield Park is located alongside the Truckee River. 

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

Glenn Little Amphitheater

Photo by Jay Kolbet-Clausell

 

Lewis E. Hinkley:

The small natural island that is now known as Wingfield Park was purchased sometime in 1909 by attorney Lewis E. Hinkley. Hinkley then transformed the area by building walkways from natural foliage such as wild rose bushes, willows, cottonwoods and poplars. He named his island “Belle Isle,” French for beautiful island, because of its beauty. 

 

The park officially opened in 1911 with Hinkley promoting it as a pleasure resort. This resort featured a dance hall, small boat rentals, and a 700-seat open air theatre where guests enjoyed the latest motion pictures with live orchestras. Starting in July of 1911, famed aviation pioneer Eugene Ely took off from and landed from a section of the park that had been converted into a runway.

Belle Isle Map. Source: Mary B. Ansari Map Library, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries.

 

biodiversity

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!

Flora:

Highlights:

What plants have you seen here?

Fauna:

Highlights:

What animals 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:

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Wingfield Park

Tell us your stories about this park or share your photographs to add to the growing record of our shared park history! 

Your Name

Wingfield Park

Tell us your stories about this park or share your photographs to add to the growing record of our shared park history! 

Your Name

Wingfield 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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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!

 

volunteer highlights

Wingfield Park History Researchers

Patti Poston and Kim Cruz

Patti Poston and Kim Cruz are the History Researchers for this park. They have dedicated time to research and document the history of Wingfield Park. Thank you Patti and Kim for your commitment to our parks and historic preservation!

Doggie Ambassadors Project:

Taylor James and Jeff & Eileen Bidwell are the volunteer Doggie Waste Ambassadors for this park. Thank you for helping to keep Wingfield Park free from dog waste!

 

To learn more on how you can become a volunteer Doggie Waste Ambassador, click here.

Rephotography Site Steward:

To view this project, click here. 

Peggy Martin:

Peggy Martin is the Site Steward for Wingfield Park. She has been involved with The Parks Rephotography Project since 2015. Thank you Peggy for your dedication to the Parks Foundation!

 

Click here to see the collection!

 

resources/more info

 
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