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Sparks Marina is a diverse place to play
by Cortney Maddock
Apr 29, 2010 | 1753 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<a href= mailto:dreid@dailysparkstribune.com>Tribune/Debra Reid</a> - Young competitors hit the water during the 2008 children's triathlon at the Sparks Marina. The annual event includes kayaking, biking, running and swimming.
Tribune/Debra Reid - Young competitors hit the water during the 2008 children's triathlon at the Sparks Marina. The annual event includes kayaking, biking, running and swimming.
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What was once a sinkhole has become a popular place to enjoy the outdoors in Sparks. The 77-acre Sparks Marina has a diverse list of activities for residents, according to the city of Sparks website.

With about 2 miles of walking path surrounding the marina, people can take a brisk walk past the Legends at Sparks Marina shops on the east side or make their way to local restaurants, a coffee shop, pet specialty store and fitness center that face the water on the northeast side.

On the west side of the Sparks Marina near the two larger parking areas, there is a park complete with playground equipment for children as well as a roped-off swim area to the northwest. The city of Sparks posts times a lifeguard will be at the swim area online at www.ci.sparks.nv.us/living/parks/marina.

Near the swim area there are two beach volleyball courts, picnic benches and a snack shack.

For people with dogs, a dog park is located on the south side of the marina, just east of the fishing dock. Dogs of all sizes are welcome at the park, but owners are required to pick up after their pets. The dog park is fenced off, but smaller dogs can easily squeeze through the metal bars.

Also, the dog park has water access for pups that enjoy retrieving tennis balls or toys from the water or just enjoy a swim. The city requires that dogs be kept on a leash until they are within the fenced-in dog park.

The Sparks Marina is also stocked with fish, with fishing hours beginning one hour before sunrise until two hours after sunset. Although catch-and-release fishing is encouraged, according to the marina’s website, the daily limit is five fish, individually or in aggregate in which only one can be longer than 16 inches in length. Also, the use of live baitfish is prohibited.

Although the only motorboats seen at the marina are used for the annual King of Wake wakeboarding competition, boats without motors are allowed on the water or boats with electric motors. This includes aluminum boats, kayaks and paddleboards. Watercraft can be launched and beached on the shores near the southwest parking lot, where there is a launch ramp.

For more information about activities and details about the Sparks Marina, visit www.ci.sparks.nv.us/living/parks/marina.
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