Our beautiful and family-oriented city of over 90,000 residents is located in the Truckee Meadows between the Carson and Virginia Mountain Ranges at an elevation of nearly 4,500 feet. We share our beautiful valley on the eastern slope of the Sierra with our neighbor to the west, Reno. Our climate is mild, with lots of sun, low humidity and rainfall, and a full four seasons.
Since the 1990’s Sparks has grown tremendously, offering residents and visitors a wide array of services and activities. Sparks was reported as the fastest growing city in Nevada between 1999 - 2008 and continues to grow. Quality of life is cited as one of the main reasons people relocate to the Sparks area. Summer and winter outdoor activities abound!
Sparks is known as the premiere special events venue for all of northern Nevada with attractions on our Victorian Square bringing thousands of visitors to such annual events as Hometown Farmer’s Market, Hot August Nights, Best in the West (Nugget) Rib Cook-off and Hometowne Christmas.
Sparks is also well known for its outstanding Parks and Recreation system designed to appeal to young and old alike, with numerous neighborhood parks, regional sports facilities and an unusually large number of fun and exciting recreation programs for pre-schoolers to senior citizens.
Opened in 2009 is the Whitewater Park at Rock Park. Along with pools for kayaking, tubing and rafting for all skill levels, the new features include improved riverbank landscaping, shade and play structures, parking and better access for people with disabilities.
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New to the growing list of recreational activities is the Golden Eagle Regional Park, located on 450 acres east of Wingfield Springs, south of Vista Boulevard. The facility consists of six softball fields, two baseball fields, two youth baseball/softball fields, stadium-size soccer/football field and two multi-purpose fields, along with volleyball and bocce ball. Plenty of sporting fun for the whole family!
Another wonderful destination park is the picturesque Sparks Marina. Eighty acres of water accommodate swimming, boating, fishing, scuba diving and picnicking facilities, and breath-taking views of the nearby mountains. Few other cities in the country can offer such an amenity to its residents and visitors.
As the city continues to develop as the ideal tourist and local destination, the newest addition is The Legends at Sparks Marina. Currently under construction, the Legends project is to be a shopping experience unlike any other in northern Nevada. In addition to the exciting group of retail, restaurant and entertainment options, The Legends also provides an enjoyable educational feature ideal for locals and visitors. Expected completion in spring 2010, the first phase opens in fall 2008 including Scheels All-Sports Store, the largest total sports store in the world!
The Legends honors legends of Nevada in athletics, music, exploration, science, technology, politics, art and much more, recognizing the people who truly have made the area unique. The Legends theme is interwoven through the landscape, hardscape, amenities and architectural motif, offering an experience in Nevada’s history, heritage and environment.
Scheels-All Sports at Legends is 248,000 square feet of the world’s largest selection of sporting goods, sportswear, and footwear under one roof. The Sparks Scheels is a collection of entertainment venues, specialty shops and boutiques staffed by experts in their field. The store features two 16,000 gallon aquariums; a 35-foot tall, 800-square foot wildlife taxidermy mountain; a 65-foot, 16 car operating Ferris wheel and much more.
The city's Community Services and Planning Department and the Sparks Redevelopment Agency work closely with current business owners and new developers to provide a "business friendly" environment within which to pursue responsible economic activities. The Sparks industrial area provides many opportunities for a wide range of businesses to open or expand their operations in western Nevada, with excellent road (I-80 and U.S. 395) and rail (Union Pacific) transportation at one's doorstep.