By the time it turned 30 in 2008, Rock Park in Sparks was seriously showing its age. Taking a queue from the highly successful Truckee River Whitewater Park upstream at Wingfield Park
in Reno, the city of Sparks decided to overhaul the facility and added the Whitewater Park at Rock Park in the channel of this stretch of the Truckee River. The park reopened in May of 2009 with improved landscaping, play and shade structures, and better parking. The new Whitewater Park at Rock Park consists of over 1,000 feet of fun - five drop pools for kayaking, tubing, and rafting. Riverbank modifications provide for safe water play areas for children and great places for families to enjoy a day at Rock Park.
What To Do at Rock Park in Sparks
The most obvious thing to do is bring your tubes, kayaks, rafts, or other water play toys and enjoy the Whitewater Park at Rock Park. The Truckee River features were purposely designed to be family friendly with shallow areas along the shore and plenty of places to safely access the water. There are two spots specifically built to facilitate handicap entry. Out in the channel, experienced boaters will find challenging whitewater features to test their paddling skills.
Grassy areas throughout the park provide plenty of room for relaxing and letting the kids run and play. A huge playground structure provides a variety of play opportunities for those energetic children. There are three picnic / shade pavilions, two of which are rentable. The Truckee River bike path passes through Rock Park, providing a route for both walkers and bike riders to further explore up and down the Truckee River.
Location of Rock Park in Sparks
Rock Park is on the north side of the Truckee River and a block south of Greg Street, between a bend in Rock Blvd. and the water. Access is from Rock Blvd. via a driveway shared by the Rivers Edge RV Park. After turning in to the driveway, bear to the left to enter the Rock Park parking area. Try to avoid going into the RV park - from personal experience, I can tell you that they are quite cranky about park visitors entering their facility. For more information, contact Sparks Parks & Recreation
at (775) 353-2376.