All local park lovers are invited to a free opening night reception featuring music performed by Northern Nevada Bluegrass at 7 p.m. Thursday.
“If Parks Could Talk” highlights the history behind six popular regional parks: Bowers Mansion, Davis Creek, Galena Creek, Bartley Ranch, Lazy 5 and Rancho San Rafael. Every item in the exhibit helps to illustrate the story and development of the county’s popular park system and provide visitors with an understanding of the people and wildlife that used these parklands through time.
“If Parks Could Talk” will be on display from Monday through Aug. 1. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and admission is free. Special programs include the Northern Nevada Bluegrass performance on Thursday, and an evening with cowboy poet Tony Argento at 7 p.m. July 19.
Along with the exhibit, Washoe County’s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space will offer free “If Parks Could Talk” ranger programs in different parks at 7 p.m. on every other Thursday evening through Aug. 23. Future programs include:
July 12 – History of the Truckee Meadows ditch system
July 26 – History of Bartley Ranch Regional Park and historic buildings
Aug. 9 – History of Bowers Mansion Regional Park
Aug. 23 – A look inside the historic ranch house at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
All programs are free and all ages are welcome. Bring sturdy shoes, water and an extra layer of clothing for the cooler evenings.
The Western Heritage Interpretive Center is located at 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno. For more information, call 823-6500 or visit www.washoecountyparks.com.