Wedekind Regional Park is one of the last remaining areas of significant open space in the City of Sparks Given its central location, the park is a key link to the Sparks Regional Trail System, the surrounding neighborhood urban trail system, adjacent commercial and business development and Washoe County’s future Sun Valley Rim Trail. In May 2013, the City of Sparks held a special ribbon cutting at the park site to mark the completion of trailhead facilities and trail system upgrades made to the 250-acre parcel located east of Pyramid Way and south of Disc Drive.
The Wedekind Regional Park trails project was implemented to develop two trailheads and an accessible trail system within the park setting. The project, completed in February of 2013, included the construction of a parking lot at the Disc Drive trailhead, rehabilitation of trails, revegetation, and the installation of split rail fencing to mitigate off-highway vehicle use and illegal dumping. Shaded seating was also created at two hilltop locations to take full advantage of the panoramic views of the valley.
The 4th Street trailhead now features a picnic pavilion, portable restroom, and an outdoor classroom designed to provide area children with a front row seat to learn about nature and the history of mining. Park users will also find kiosks with maps and trail information at both trailheads.
The project’s $268,000 budget was funded in part through trails grants from the State of Nevada, Division of State Parks.