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Welcome to the community engagement site for the Washoe County Rancho San Rafael Regional Park Master Plan!

The Park Master Plan process aims to review and analyze Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, from amenities and facilities to programs and operations. The goal is to create a roadmap for the future.


Background:

Washoe County is embarking on a critical update to the vision plan for Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. The last comprehensive plan was unveiled in 1990, with the most recent implementation plan following in 2002. It is imperative for the County to update this framework to offer clear direction for project prioritization, maintenance strategies, and overall park management. More importantly, the updated plan must align closely with the evolving needs and desires of our vibrant community, ensuring that Rancho San Rafael continues to serve as a cherished recreational space for generations to come.


Timeline:

Currently, we are actively gathering public input to initiate the visioning process. Washoe County, in collaboration with our consultant team led by Dig Studio, will be synthesizing the insights gathered during the initial public input phase to inform the recommendations for the updated Vision Plan. Following this, Dig Studio and Washoe County will circulate these recommendations back to the public for validation, ensuring alignment with community needs and aspirations. Your participation in this phase will be instrumental in refining the direction of the plan. Subsequently, after incorporating your feedback, Dig Studio will finalize the recommendations and outline a comprehensive Vision Plan. This final document will include a prioritized action list and an implementation strategy, offering guidance on how the county can execute these recommendations, along with potential funding avenues for implementation and maintenance. We look forward to your continued engagement in shaping the future of Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.


Who’s Involved

You! Public Outreach Phase 1 (going on now) and Second Public Outreach Phase coming mid-summer.

Stakeholder Groups:

Washoe County is dedicated to ensuring stakeholder involvement throughout the process of shaping the vision plan for Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. We have established four distinct Stakeholder Engagement Groups, each representing key facets of park management and community interests. These groups will convene for three series of meetings: one preceding the initial public engagement phase, another preceding the second public input phase, and a final session prior to the release of the ultimate plan. The Stakeholders are organized into four categories: Adjacent Agencies, Trails Focus, Facilities and Events, and Internal Staff. These groups comprise representatives from various agencies and organizations, all contributing their unique perspectives and expertise to the planning process. These agencies are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Artown
  • Biggest Little Trail Stewardship
  • City of Reno
  • Great Reno Balloon Race
  • Momentum Trails
  • Nevada Athletics
  • Reno Disc Golf Association
  • Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Silver State Striders
  • Truckee Meadows Trail
  • Truckee Meadow Parks Foundation
  • United States Forest Service – Carson District
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Washoe County Commissioners
  • Washoe County Parks
  • Washoe County School Corporation
  • Washoe County Sheriff
  • Wilbur D. May Arboretum
  • Wilbur D. May Museum

We have many opportunities to build and improve the future of this park, but we cannot do this without your input. Take a moment and provide your feedback through a variety of interactive engagement features by:

  • Pinning your comment on the interactive map
  • Providing feedback on the ideas board
  • Completing a brief survey.
We want to hear from you!

Survey

Ideas Board

Ideas Board

Welcome to the Ideas Board! Please select the category/s and provide your feedback regarding something you like, ideas and suggestions, and improvements that are needed.

9 June, 2024

Anonymous says:

Please hire more rangers and staff.

8 June, 2024

Anonymous says:

I like the playground and we use it regularly. If there is a refresh, please do no add rubber mulch to the play areas as it is toxic.

5 June, 2024

Anonymous says:

Sports should stay on the north of the park. Bring art town concerts back to the park. Summer events on the grass. Draw families not sports

5 June, 2024

Anonymous says:

Create play equipment into natural surroundings. Use dead space in the west to update. Arboretum needs to stay separate and peaceful.

4 June, 2024

Anonymous says:

Honor the original master plan for May Arboretum/Botanical Garden. UNR sports have no place here. Water bottle filling stations. More shade.

1 June, 2024

Anonymous says:

The indoor tennis courts should be open to the general public as well. Sometime after UNR rebuilt their courts, outsiders were prohibited to

1 June, 2024

Anonymous says:

Shade and restrooms at disc golf course.

31 May, 2024

Anonymous says:

Need a bmx park and/or a pump track. A skate park would also be nice. A shorter, additional 9 hole disc golf course would also be welcome.

31 May, 2024

Anonymous says:

Put in more trees and shade structures for the disc golf course. Keep the disc golf course there and add another 9 hole layout

31 May, 2024

Anonymous says:

A sculpture garden with plants and works by local artists.

31 May, 2024

Anonymous says:

On the proposed visitor center, it would be cool if we could get some murals by local artists, inside and out.

31 May, 2024

Anonymous says:

Wildlife cameras in certain areas in the park that connect to a live feed online, so we could observe nocturnal wildlife.

Interactive Map

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about the project, contact us below:

Name Faye-Marie Pekar, Park Planner
Email fpekar@washoecounty.gov