City Of Sparks

Special Events

Nov 24 2016 - 8:00am

Scheels Turkey Trot

November 24, 2016
Scheels and Sparks Marina
8:30 a.m.

Family Fun on Thanksgiving Day 

The Scheels Turkey Trot at the Sparks Marina has become a Thanksgiving tradition in the Truckee Meadows. It's a great place to spend time with family and friends, and a healthy way to start a day usually filled with a whole lot of eating. New in 2015 was the inaugural costime contest. Runners and walkers were asked to dress up in a fun Thanksgiving outfit for the contest. The three best individual costumes were selected. Lots of fun!

The Thanksgiving Day event starts and finishes in the parking lot of Scheels at Legends at Sparks Marina. Participants can choose from a 10K (6.2 miles) run (timed) or a a 2-mile walk or run (not timed). The courses are user-friendly for both runners and walkers. The 10K race utilizes city streets and the local bike path. The 2-mile run/walk starts at Scheels and circles around the Sparks Marina Park. 

Every runner and walker receives a commemorative long-sleeve souvenir shirt, fruit and refreshments. Proceeds benefit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful for local beautification projects and the City of Sparks Youth Scholarship Fund.

For more information e-mail tramociotti@cityofsparks.us or call (775) 353-7898.

Location: 
Scheels (parking lot in front of building)
Oct 8 2016 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

JC Family Services inaugural Walk-A-Thon! Please collect sponsors and attend to assist local youth and adults with mental heath issues.

For more information (775) 825-7500 or www.jcfamilyservices.org 

Location: 
Sparks Marina - 300 Howard Dr Sparks
Oct 1 2016 - 7:30am - 11:00am

Great Stridea is the Cistic Fibrosis Foundation's largets national fundraising event. Tha funds raised from the Walk-A-Thon help provide people with CF the opportunity to lead full, prodictive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individalized treatrment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. 

For more information 562-965-0377 or www.fightcf.cff.org

Location: 
Sparks Marina - 300 Howard Dr Sparks
Jul 22 2016 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

The City of Sparks Parks and Recreation Department will host the Summer Pumptrack Demo Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Burgess Park, 1605 Pyramid Way. The American Ramp Company will be setting up a free all-wheel pumptrack demo to be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels. Bring your bike, skateboard or scooter for some outdoor fun.

The all-wheel pumptrack uses an up and down ‘pumping’ motion to propel bike, skateboard, and scooter riders forward. The demo track will offer slopes, curves, and turns to challenge riders. It’s also the perfect structure for practicing balance, learning skills, and improving confidence.

For more information on the Pumptrack Summer Demo Tour at Burgess Park, call (775) 353-2376 or go online to americanrampcompany.com.   

Location: 
Burgess Park, 1605 Pyramid Way
Aug 25 2016 - 7:00pm

Discover Your Parks Summer Evening Walks

With the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

 

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, in cooperation with their parks partners, is leading weekly interpretive hikes in a park near you. Each Thursday evening during the summer, you can explore a new location and learn about the unique and varied ecology and history of parks in our area. Plan on spending a little more than one hour on each walk. Distances range from .5 miles to 2 miles. Explorations begin Thursday, June 2, and will continue every Thursday through the end of August. The walks are free and open to everyone. All walks begin at 7:00 pm. Following are the walks scheduled for parks located in Sparks:

Cottonwood Park - August 25, 2016

On this flat, 1.25 mile walk, we'll follow the setting sun toward McCarran Bridge. Along the way we'll explore the Truckee River and see if we can't kick up a skunk or two. We should arrive at the bridge right around dusk, and if we're lucky we'll get a chance to observe the Brazilian free-tailed bats emerge for their nightly feeding.

Directions: (777 Spice Islands Drive, Sparks) Heading east on I-80, take exit 19 and turn south on McCarran Blvd. about 3/4 of a mile and turn left onto Greg St. Take your first right onto Spice Island Dr. and follow that about 1/2 of a mile to Cottonwood Park on your right.

For a complete listing of Discover Your Parks walks, go online to www.tmparksfoundation.org, email info@tmparksfoundation.org, or call (775) 453-0698. 

Location: 
Cottonwood Park 777 Spice Islands Dr. Sparks
Jul 21 2016 - 7:00pm

Discover Your Parks Summer Evening Walks

With the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

 

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, in cooperation with their parks partners, is leading weekly interpretive hikes in a park near you. Each Thursday evening during the summer, you can explore a new location and learn about the unique and varied ecology and history of parks in our area. Plan on spending a little more than one hour on each walk. Distances range from .5 miles to 2 miles. Explorations begin Thursday, June 2, and will continue every Thursday through the end of August. The walks are free and open to everyone. All walks begin at 7:00 pm. Following are the walks scheduled for parks located in Sparks:

 

Sparks Marina Park - July 21, 2016

We'll stroll the entire two-mile path encircling Helms Lake and discuss the interesting history of the marina. The marina is a perfect place for a summer evening stroll with great views, open water and a diversity of water birds to check out.

Directions: From I-80 eastbound, exit 19 for McCarran Blvd. Turn left (north) onto McCarran Blvd. and then turn right on Nichols Blvd. Take the roundabout north onto Howard Drive and turn into the large parking lot (300 Howard Drive). Turn left once in the lot. We'll meet at the north end of the parking lot.

For a complete listing of Discover Your Parks walks, go online to www.tmparksfoundation.org, email info@tmparksfoundation.org, or call (775) 453-0698. 

Location: 
Sparks Marina - 300 Howard Dr Sparks
Jun 30 2016 - 7:00pm

Discover Your Parks Summer Evening Walks

With the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

 

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, in cooperation with their parks partners, is leading weekly interpretive hikes in a park near you. Each Thursday evening during the summer, you can explore a new location and learn about the unique and varied ecology and history of parks in our area. Plan on spending a little more than one hour on each walk. Distances range from .5 miles to 2 miles. Explorations begin Thursday, June 2, and will continue every Thursday through the end of August. The walks are free and open to everyone. All walks begin at 7:00 pm. Following are the walks scheduled for parks located in Sparks:

Rock Park - June 30, 2016

Join us for a 1.2 mile stroll down the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway along the Truckee River. We'll explore the Whitewater Park and see what plants and animals we can discover near dusk (skunks included!). Come check out this success story of urban revitalization and river corridor beautification.

Directions: (1405 S Rock Blvd, Sparks, NV 89431) From I-80, take the Rock Blvd exit south about 1 mile. The park is on your right. We'll meet in the first parking area you come to.

For a complete listing of Discover Your Parks walks, go online to www.tmparksfoundation.org, email info@tmparksfoundation.org, or call (775) 453-0698. 

Location: 
Rock Park 1515 S. Rock Blvd. Sparks
Dec 3 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Hometowne Christmas Parade

Kick off the holiday season wih a tree lighting ceremony Friday evening followed by a traditional Christmas parade on Saturday along with entertainment and photos with Santa.

For more information:775.353.7856 www.cityofsparks.us/christmasparade

Location: 
Victorian Square, Sparks
Dec 2 2016 - 6:30pm - 7:00pm

Hometowne Christmas - Tree Lighting

Kick off the holiday season wih a tree lighting ceremony Friday evening followed by a traditional Christmas parade on Saturday along with entertainment and photos with Santa.

For more information:775.353.7856 www.cityofsparks.us/christmasparade

Location: 
Victorian Square, Sparks
Oct 23 2016 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Pumkpinpalooza

Celebrte all things pumpkin. Punpkin carving contests, costume contests,carnival games,and liver music! Benefits Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living

For more information: 775.353.3599 www.pumpkinpalooza.org

Location: 
Victorian Square, Sparks

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