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City of Reno Asks for Public Input on Sierra Vista Park

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The City of Reno is seeking public input on possible design and operations options related to converting the former Northgate Golf Course property into a community park called Sierra Vista Park.

Interested area residents are invited to complete a short survey by 5 p.m. Pacific on Friday, April 18 to assist with the site plan. The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sierravistapark.

Tentative plans for Sierra Vista Park in northwest Reno include a network of non-motorized trails around the property; however, there are opportunities for other outdoor recreation opportunities and potential reuse of the former clubhouse and adjacent property. Ideas range from an events center to a restaurant or snack bar. "We're looking at it from a commercial sense - is there something that can support the ongoing operation and maintenance? The site, itself, in supporting the recreational pursuits or other type of event center," says Julee Conway, Parks, Recreation & Community Services.  

Conway says the geography of the park provides natural water runoff - and creating a buffer that provides residents with defensible space is another goal.

While some areas of the park are designated as open space, there are many other options on the table for what could be built in other parts of the park, from basketball courts and athletic fields to an amphitheater. "I think that would be fun to have outdoor concerts. A dog park would be awesome, more parks like this one," says Julie Telfer, Somersett resident.

"I think it's really great. You could always use more stuff around for kids, especially for families," says Margaret Vance, another Somersett resident.

The park could also be used year-round. "I could see, during the wintertime, snow play because of the topography of the site as a wonderful place for that."

The City is hoping to receive a grant worth nearly $150,000 that would go towards removing crumbling cart paths, and create a proposed trail system while keeping it in its natural state. NOt just for people, but for wildlife. "I've seen two coyotes. I've seen predator birds that are flying just over and it's just a beautiful place just to sit and contemplate."

In addition, two open houses will take place later this month. City of Reno staff will be available on site to present design options and answer questions. The public will also be able to take self-guided tours of the Sierra Vista Park property.

The dates and times for the open houses are:
* Thursday, April 17 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The site will remain open until 7 p.m. for self-guided tours.
* Tuesday, April 22 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The site will remain open until 7 p.m. for self-guided tours.
Conceptual plans will be further developed at an upcoming two-day community Design Workshop on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center. The survey, open houses and workshop support one of Reno City Council's top priorities to Enhance Communication and Community Engagement.

For more information, visit www.Reno.gov or call the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department at 334-2270.

(The City of Reno contributed to this report.)

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