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Reno's Wingfield Park

An Oasis for Fun and Relaxing in Downtown Reno

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Wingfield Park is where residents and visitors come to enjoy the Truckee River and parkway in downtown Reno. Together with the Truckee River Whitewater Park which is built into the river, this urban park offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including relaxing by the water, picnicing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, swimming, river tubing, and walking and biking.

Wingfield Park and vicinity is the site of the Reno River Festival, many events and activities during Artown in July, and other events throughout the year.

Wingfield Park, Reno, Nevada
Wingfield Park is popular for free water play and site of the annual Reno River Festival. Photos © Stan White

Have Fun in Wingfield Park

Wingfield Park is the site of several Reno events. The Glenn Little Wingfield Park Amphitheater is fronted by a large grassy area for spectators. Surrounding areas provide space for vendors and other activities during events. Since the opening of the Truckee River Whitewater Park, Wingfield Park has become a big free water park. It is literally packed out on hot summer days and has become one of Reno's most successful redevelopment projects. Between events and crowds cooling off in the water, the park provides a relaxing oasis in the middle of the city.

More traditional park facilities are available at adjacent Barbara Bennett Park, at the southwest corner of Arlington Avenue and the Truckee River. There are basketball and tennis courts, a playground for kids, and restrooms.

A paved pathway along the Truckee River can be walked or biked for miles in either direction from Wingfield Park. Big trees make much of the way shady and cool on hot summer days. This route is also part of the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway.

You will notice that Wingfield Park is an island in the Truckee River. It is actually named Belle Isle, though no one seems to use it these days. Long before Wingfield Park, Belle Isle was the site of an amusement park.

The east end of Belle Isle in Wingfield Park is just upstream from the Virginia Street Bridge. You can stroll along either side of the river next to Wingfield Park along Reno's Riverwalk. The path on the north side of the river continues all the way to Idlewild Park and beyond. The south side walkway takes you to Barbara Bennett Park and stops there. Along the way, there are several pedestrian / bicycle bridges crossing the river to the park.

Parking for Visitors at Wingfield Park

Arlington Avenue crosses the western end of Wingfield Park. There are marked pedestrian crossings on both north and south sides and an undercrossing for traffic-free passage from one end of the park to the other. There is limited free parking on the south side next to Barbara Bennett Park. The north side along 1st Street also has some metered parking places. Your best parking bet is Reno's Parking Gallery structure less than a block away on 1st Street. After 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends, parking in the Washoe County lot at Virginia and Court Streets is free, but you'll have to walk a couple of blocks to reach Wingfield Park. For more parking options, refer to "Where to Park in Downtown Reno."

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