Parks & Picnic Areas

A robust park system is one of the many reasons for the Carson Valley’s excellent quality of life. Picnic areas shaded by mature trees beckon families for everything from impromptu lunches to family reunions. Baseball, softball, and soccer fields provide opportunities for both organized leagues and recreational play. Volleyball courts and horseshoe pitches are also available at some locations. Carson Valley’s parks include small two-acre parks like Minden Park with its classic gazebo, and Heritage Park, home of the summer “Movies in the Park” and other special events. At the other end of the spectrum is the huge 32-acre Lampe Park, featuring sports fields, a concession stand, and the largest playground structure in northern Nevada. The Carson Valley Skate Facility just across the street has 30,000 square feet of challenging features for skaters and skateboarders. The park system also includes the Douglas County Fairgrounds at the south end of the valley. The Fairgrounds include a rodeo arena, model airplane field, pavilion, and tree farm. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall you will find special events in Carson Valley’s parks such as concerts, car shows, farmer’s market, and craft shows. Many of the parks have areas that can be reserved for large groups.

Carson Valley Skate Facility Waterloo Lane (across from Lampe Park),
GardnervilleNV
Phone:

Located just west of U.S. Highways 395 near Lampe Park, this state-of-the-art facility boasts over 30,000 sq. ft. of rails, roll-ins, 6-foot drop-ins, fun boxes, and an hourglass-shaped bowl for the ultimate skating experience.  

Douglas County Fairgrounds Pinenut Road
GardnervilleNV89410
Phone: (775) 782-9828
The fairgrounds complex is located off U.S. Highway 395, two miles down Pinenut Road.  This 81-acre complex encompasses a number of wonderful features including a rodeo arena with chutes and pens, a practice arena, a 1,500-seat grandstand, an announcer booth, a pavilion, horse barns, concession/restroom buildings, a tree farm, and a staging area.  The Model Airplane Complex is a two-acre site located directly opposite the fairgrounds and boasts a 60x400 asphalt runway with taxiways for the sport of model airplane flying.  To reserve the entire fairgrounds, the pavilion, or other areas, please call the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department.
Genoa Park 2289 Main Street
GenoaNV89411
Phone: (775) 782-8696
Genoa Park has three levels, a children's playground and restrooms.  Parking is along Nixon Street.  
Heritage Park 1447 Courthouse Alley (cross street U.S. Highway 395
GardnervilleNV89410
Phone: (775) 782-7134

Heritage Park is a two-acre park located east of U.S. Highway 395 on Gilman Avenue and Courthouse Street.  It played host to cow pasture boxing for many years.  Park amenities include an 800-sq. ft. pavilion, a restroom, and numerous picnic tables.  Heritage Park is the official home for "Movies in the Park" during the summer months and hosts events throughout the year such as the Rockathon car show, Old Town Days, and Carson Valley Christmas Kick-off.  The park is available to rent for special events.

Johnson Lane Park Stephanie Lane
MindenNV89423
Phone: (775) 782-9828
Johnson Lane Park is a five-acre park located on Stephanie Way in the Johnson Lane area.  Users of the park enjoy a two-acre softball/baseball/soccer field, and outdoor basketball court, a group picnic shelter, and a children's play area.  Restrooms and a parking area are available.  
Lampe Park 1325 Waterloo Lane
GardnervilleNV89410
Phone: (775) 782-9828

Lampe Park is the crown jewel of the Douglas County park system.  It is a 32-acre facility, located on Waterloo Lane on the west side of U.S. Highway 395.  The park was completed in 1975 and includes three softball and two hardball fields, a soccer field, two volleyball courts, a restroom/concession building, and a group picnic shelter.  There are numerous picnic tables and benches throughout the park.  Families can come to feed the ducks and geese along Willow Creek, or enjoy the largest playground structure in Northern Nevada.


Minden Park 1582 Esmeralda Avenue
MindenNV89423
Phone: (775) 782-5976
Conveniently located just one block off U.S. Highway 395 between Esmeralda and Mono streets.  Two acres of lush lawn, a 1,000-square-foot covered gazebo, restroom facilities, shade trees, and gazebo lighting in the evening.  The gazebo can hold up to 50 guests.  Tables, seating, and sound system are included in the rental fee.
Mitch Drive Park Mitch Drive
GardnervilleNV89460
Phone: (775) 265-2048
This 20-acre park located in the Gardnerville Ranchos has tennis courts, a play area for children, a brand new two-acre stocked fishing pond, a dirt track for horseback riding, and a measured walking/running path.  
Model Airplane Complex Pinenut Road
GardnervilleNV89410
Phone: (775) 782-9828

This facility is located on the opposite side of Dump Road from the Douglas County Fairgrounds.  Just behind the Douglas County Animal Shelter, this two-acre site has a 60 feet * 400 feet asphalt runway with taxiways for the sport of model airplane flying.  

Mormon Station State Historic Park 2295 Main Street
GenoaNV89411
Phone: (775) 782-2590

Mormon Station State Park is the site of Nevada's first permanent non-native settlement.  A replica of the original trading post built in 1851 houses a small museum with relics of pioneer days. Picnic and group facilities are available.  The park is open May through October. Various talks, presentations, and events take place at the park throughout the year. (For a schedule of events, please view the website.) Picnic tables and grills are provided under large shade trees.  Picnickers may also spread their blankets out on the lawn.  The group pavilion accommodates up to 250 persons and is available by reservation.  

Ranchos Aspen Park Muir Drive and Lyell Street
GardnervilleNV89460
Phone: (775) 782-9828

This 17-acre park boasts a soccer field, paved pathways, horshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, multiple play areas, a group pavilion that is available to rent for parties of up to 75 people, and a four-field youth baseball compex that is home to the younger divisions of the Carson Valley Little League.  

Stodick Park Toler Road
GardnervilleNV89410
Phone: (775) 782-9828

Located on Toler Road on the east side of U.S. Highway 395, Stodick Park occupies 11 acres.  Amenities include one tot ball field, three softball fields with soccer field overlays, picnic areas, a concession/bathroom building, and paved parking.

Topaz Lake Park 3700 Topaz Park Road
GardnervilleNV89410
Phone: (775) 782-9828 or (775) 266-3343

Boat-launching facilities are located at the northeast shore of the lake.  This park occupies 90 acres on the shores of Topaz Lake, a reservoir on the Nevada-California border about 20 miles south of Gardnerville.  The park attracts anglers and water sports enthusiasts.  It is stocked with rainbow trout, and recent introductions of both largemouth and smallmouth bass are also thriving.  Brown trout turn up in the creel as well.  Pleasure boaters and water skiers use the boat launch and ramp at the park.  Because of the proximity to the Toiyabe and Eldorado national forests, the park is also a good base or way station for expeditions into wilder country.  Camping facilities include 15 campsites with water and electrical hookups, 45 developed non-hookup campsites with water available every third campsite, a group camp area (no hook ups) that can accommodate up to 6 RVs, and a spacious undeveloped camping area at the water’s edge.  There are flush toilets, showers, a trailer dump station, and a convenient fish cleaning station.  A playground for the kids is available along with a volleyball court and horseshoe pit.  Also on the property is a secured storage area for RV’s and boats with an affordable rental fee program.  The park is a well-kept secret among birdwatchers and small birds sighted at the park include orioles, swallows, red winged blackbirds, and yellow warblers.  A pair of bald eagles nest nearby, while ospreys and pelicans are frequently seen.  During the migration season, the park’s location on the Pacific Flyway makes it an especially good bird-watching spot.

Topaz Ranch Estates Park Carter Way
GardnervilleNV89410
Phone: (775) 782-9828

Topaz Ranch Estates Park is located in the southern end of Douglas County on Carter Way.  The eight-acre site has a recently remodeled community recreation building with restrooms and kitchen, a play area, a youth baseball field, a basketball court, a picnic area, and horseshoe pits.


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