I love “our” park: Village Green Park in southwest Reno. We visit weekly, sometimes daily, as it’s within walking distance of our children’s school and our house. I know the convenience is a big draw for me, but we’ve also met many friends there for playdates. My friend’s children always exclaim over how fun the park is, and I honestly believe we’ve logged well over 200 hours there in the last eight years. I have always felt 100% safe there and nearly always meet someone new that is the same age as at least one of my children. Depending on the time of day, we’ve even had the park completely to ourselves.
We never tire of the beauty; it boasts a lovely landscape with large shade trees, a bounty of grassy areas, and the views! The views from the top of the park (above the playground area) are gorgeous, with a clear view of the entire city. It’s an excellent place to see glimpses of balloons during the Balloon Races. I’ve even dragged one of our favorite photographers there to take pics of the baby when he turned one: there are so many pretty backdrops to choose from. In the summer, there are tons of shady trees and it’s cool in the mornings and early evenings; in the fall, the leaves are spectacular; in the winter, it’s without a doubt one of the best “in city” places to sled; and in the spring, it’s positively perfect. I love this place and hope you will too!
Village Green Park: The Rundown
Location: 4785 Village Green Parkway Reno, NV 89519 – in Southwest Reno off of McCarran and upper Caughlin Parkway.
Parking: Parking lot with plenty of spaces…unless you’re there on a school day between 2:45 and 3:15. Then there’s no parking, as many parents use this as the parking lot to grab there kiddos from nearby Caughlin Ranch Elementary School.
Play Structures: Three large play structures, one more suitable for toddlers with smaller slides, a tunnel for crawling, etc. There’s also a small log cabin-type play house. There are two swing sets: one for the bigger kids and another with two bucket seats.
Ground Cover: Sand. We’ve even brought buckets, shovels, etc. for the toddler: he loves it!
Shade: The pavilion is covered and there are trees galore. Many benches are beneath trees, as are a few picnic tables.
Cleanliness: While the structures are a bit older and weather worn, the sand and the playground itself is almost always clean. The bathrooms do leave a bit to be desired – but at least there *are* bathrooms and running water!
Amenities: Male/female bathrooms and water fountain. A large covered pavilion for parties with a barbeque pit.
Pathways: A paved trail circles the play structures, which many-a-mama walk around and around while their kiddos play; it’s also perfect for kiddos on bikes or scooters with easy viewing access for parents. There are also paved trails going around the entire park – perfect for a walk (with quite a few inclines to get the old heart-rate up) and a favorite for dog walkers.
Other: The Village Green Park also includes additional barbeque pits, a volleyball pit, a horseshoe pit, a tennis court, and large grass areas for soccer, football, Frisbee, kite flying, etc. In the winter, this park is amazing for sledding (if there’s enough snow, of course!). There are also two “mutt mitt” dispensers for the dog lovers out there.