• By Albert Depew

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Welcome to Carson City Parks, Recreation, and Open Space

The mission of Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space is
to provide exceptional parks, open space, and diverse recreational opportunities to
enhance the quality of life in Carson City, while preserving our natural resources for
future generations.

COVID - 19 Response 
Questions regarding Carson City’s parks system may be made by calling 775.887.2262, emailing LKeller@carson.org, or visiting the City’s website at Carson.org/parksandrec. To reschedule or make a reservation call 775.887.7425 or email parksinfo@carson.org. 


Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space is pleased to announce the re-opening of some of its recreation facilities and services, compliant with the Governor’s Directives. 

Multipurpose Athletic Center (MAC) – 1860 Russell Way 
Opens June 5 - reservations required 
Hours: 8am-7pm daily

Reservations can be made at www.carson.org/ccpr under “Reservation Request” and by clicking on “Recreation Quick Reserve.” Reservations can also be made by phone at (775) 887-2339 or in person during operating hours. To make a reservation through a MAC membership or Punch Pass, please call or visit in person. To follow state guidelines and reduce gatherings, only 3 people will be allowed on a ½ court basketball court, 4 people on a pickleball court, and up to 10 people on the walking track at one time. Basketball games or pickleball rotations will not be permitted. A basketball court rental is $9 and pickleball court rental is $12 ($3 per person allowed on the reservation). Participants should bring all their own equipment, as basketballs, pickleballs and paddles will not be loaned out at this time. Restrooms will be available; however, changing areas will be closed. Additional social distancing measures will be in place. 

Carson City Aquatic Facility (841 N. Roop St. in Mills Park)
Opens June 8 – reservations required
Hours:  Mondays-Fridays: 5:45am-2pm and 4pm-7pm
  Saturdays:  9:45am-2pm
  Sundays:  Closed 

Beginning Monday, June 8, the 50-meter pool and Therapy Pool will be open and available to the public. Reservations can be made at www.carson.org/ccpr under “Reservations Request” and by clicking on “Recreation Quick Reserve.” Reservations can also be made by calling (775) 887-2242 or in person during regular operating hours. Lanes can be reserved for lap swim only, one person per lane or up to three people per lane if they come from the same household. A maximum of 8 people will be allowed in the Therapy Pool at one time.  Restrooms and showers will be available but access to lockers/changing areas will be closed. Please come and leave in your swim attire to reduce the number of people gathering and changing at the facility. Participants should bring all their own equipment, as fins, kickboards and other aqua fitness equipment will not be loaned out at this time. Water exercise classes will be offered in a later phase. Additional social distancing measures will be in place. 

Carson City Community Center
Opens June 8
Hours: Mondays-Fridays: 10am-6:30pm

Instructor led classes may resume as soon as individual instructors are ready and have the required social distancing measures in place. 

Camp Carson
Camp Carson Summer Youth Program will begin Monday, June 29th.  Recreation staff will contact those who signed up on the waiting list, based on order of sign-up, to register for camp beginning next week. 

Outdoor Recreation Facilities
Neighborhood Parks, trails, outdoor sport courts, skateparks, shooting facilities, archery range, golf course, and disc golf are all open with restrictions. Picnics and park gatherings with groups less than 50 people are allowed. Playgrounds and sports fields will remain closed at this time. 

Thank you to the Carson City community for your patience and understanding while facilities were closed these past several weeks. 

For additional information or questions, please contact Dan Earp, Recreation Superintendent at djearp@carson.org or 775.283.7422. For more information on this and other community events, please visit www.carson.org/parksandrec.

 Outdoor tennis and pickleball courts-OPEN

Participants are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and wipes to keep equipment clean. 

 Eagle Valley Golf Course – OPEN 

Operated by Duncan Golf.  For restrictions, tee times, hours and fees visit:  duncangolfreno.com or call 775.887.2380.

 Carson Ridge Disc Golf Park-OPEN

Park is open daily sunrise to sunset.  Participants are encouraged to practice social distancing, bring hand sanitizer and wipes to keep discs and equipment clean. Groups must be less than 10 people. If the parking lot is full upon arrival, please choose another time to participate.  There may be periodic course closures for on-going maintenance activities.  Please check carson.org/parksandrec and social media for scheduling updates.

 Carson City Archery Range- OPEN

Operated by Clear Creek Bowmen. For restrictions, hours and fees visit:  clearcreekbowmen.com.

 Capitol City Gun Club – OPEN

Operated by Capitol City Gun Club.  For restrictions, hours and fees visit capitolcitygunclub.org   or call 775.882.9904.

Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range – OPEN for drop-in use to the public


  • Long Range-10 covered and 10 prone stations open (every other station available)
  • Short Range-10 stations open
  • Shooting Bays limited to groups less than 10 people.
  • Participants are encouraged to practice social distancing, bring hand sanitizer and wipes to keep shooting tables/stations and equipment clean before and after shooting. 
  • If all shooting stations are occupied upon arrival, participants are asked to please wait safely in their vehicle until a station becomes available.
  • Reservations are available to groups less than 10 people with insurance and a Range Safety Officer. To make a reservation email:  ccrange@carson.org or submit a reservation request online at carson.org/range.  
Volunteer NRA Range Safety Officers are needed to extend the hours, while restrictions are still in place to ensure compliance.  To volunteer, please contact Mike Evans, Range Coordinator at 775.887.2262 or email mgevans@carson.org

The following programs/events are cancelled:

  • Capital Kids Before and After School Program
  • Camp Carson
  • Interpretive Hikes (Full Moon Hike, Walk in the Weeds etc.)
  • Drivers Education
  • Roller Derby
  • Sierra In-line Hockey
  • Youth and adult sports (MAC and Carson Middle School)
  • Adaptive Programs: Movers and Doers
  • April 20th Open Space Advisory Committee meeting
  • Western Nevada Musical Theater
  • RSVP Spring Carnival
  • Comstock Shootout
  • BLM Memorial Tournament 
  • Ash to Kings Trail

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    Learn about community based programs, educational opportunities, events, facilities, activities for all ages and more. Tour the interactive guide, download or print. This guide is made possible through agency partnerships and community contributions.

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    If you’re interested in volunteering, adopting a trail, or making a difference in your community, Parks, Recreation and Open Space provide many opportunities to get involved. Providing feedback is another simple way you can make a big difference.

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City Closures and Available Services

Post Date:03/16/2020 6:06 PM

Carson City officials are continuously monitoring the level of risk of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) to the community. In close coordination with Carson City Health and Human Services, the City Manager’s Office along with City departments in an abundance of caution are coordinating the closure of some offices to take additional measures to slow the spread of respiratory viruses. As closures are announced please visit carson.org/covid19 for information and updates about government services. 

City services such as the Assessor and Treasurer will remain open to the public, however residents are encouraged to use the City’s online services whenever possible rather than coming into a City building. Residents can pay online at http://www.carsonpayments.com/, or use the payment box located behind City Hall on Plaza St.

Carson City Sheriff and Carson City Fire Department will continue to respond to emergency and nonemergency calls. Public safety personnel have been trained and equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and will continue to serve the public with the usual high standard of response and protection. Remember, only call 9-1-1 in an emergency. Carson City Sheriff’s Office will not offer fingerprinting services at this time, all other services are available. Carson City Fire Department Administrative Office at Station 51 will not be open for walk – in services, however members of the community can call (775) 887-2210, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The County Clerk’s Office would like to remind anyone who has concerns about appearing at a polling location may send a written and signed request for an absent ballot to the County Clerk’s Office. The deadline to request an absent ballot for the Primary Election is May 26, 2020. Absentee Ballot Request Forms are available online at www.carson.org/elections or you may contact the County Clerk’s Office at elections@carson.org or (775) 887-2087. Effective March 21, 2020, the Marriage Bureau will be closed on Saturdays and will not be facilitating wedding ceremonies until further notice.

Carson City Public Works administration building, located at 3505 Butti Way, will be closed to walk – in services. For new water/sewer service, applications can be submitted online at carson.org/utilities, residents can also call (775) 887-2355, or email Utilitybilling@carson.org. Those without a scanner can take a picture of the application and send it. There is a drop-off mail slot on the front door, at 3505 Butti Way. Residents can pay online at https://payments.carson.org/Click2GovCX/index.html.

Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space Administration Office and Lone Mountain Cemetery will still be open for business, but the City strongly encourages the public to try and conduct most business by phone or email where possible.  Decisions on canceling Camp Carson Spring Break, Underwater Egg Hunt, sports tournaments and other activities beyond April 6 will be made at a later date and in compliance with direction from the Governor, Carson City Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control.

Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space facilities and programs will be closed/cancelled and full refunds will be given for all participants impacted by these cancellations/closures for the duration of March 17-April 6: 
• Carson Aquatic Facility:  All aquatics programs and classes, including Carson Tiger Sharks Swim Team and scheduled swim meets 
• Carson City Community Center and Fuji Park (all programs and classes)  
• Adaptive Programs: Movers and Doers
• Capital Kids Before and After School Program
• Multipurpose Athletic Center (MAC)
• Youth and adult sports (MAC and Carson Middle School)
• All organized and permitted sports activities at Pete Livermore Sports Complex, Governor’s Field and Centennial Park.  Includes all Youth Sports Association Activities and sports tournaments.
• Interpretive hikes   
• Parks and Recreation Commission April 2 meeting 

Carson City Community Development, located at 108 E. Proctor Street, will be closed to the general public, March 17 through April 6, or until further notice. The public will continue to be able to apply for a building permit, business license, or zoning permit through the online permit portal at permitcenter.carson.org. Permits will continue to be processed while the offices are closed to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Those who need assistance can contact the applicable division by phone or email as follows:
• Building Permits: 887-2310 or bldgdiv@carson.org 
• Business License: 887-2105 or businesslicenses@carson.org 
• Planning & Zoning: 887-2180 or planning@carson.org 
• Code Enforcement: 887-2599 or codeenforcement@carson.org 
• Development Engineering: 887-2300 or spottey@carson.org 

The Carson City Senior Center is closing the Senior Center to the public March 17 through April 6. All activities, programs and meeting areas are closed to the public and will resume after April 6 or when the State Medical Officer evaluates the public health risk and determines it is safe to resume normal operations. 
• Congregate (on-site) lunch will be available by drive-thru, Monday – Friday, 11-12 p.m., for seniors age 60 and over at the Senior Center main entrance, 911 Beverly Drive. 
• Meals on Wheels will operate as normal. 
• Case Management will be available by phone appointments. 
• If you are a senior in need of services, please contact with the Senior Center at (775) 883-0703.

The Carson City Library is taking steps to ensure a smooth closure of the library to the public should it become necessary. At this time, public computers and meeting rooms are unavailable. Although operating hours are reduced to 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, the library remains open to the public for the time being.

Department of Carson City Arts and Culture is canceling the following:
• Carson City Cultural Commission Meeting, March 17, 2020 
• All Randy Cohen ‘Art and Economic Impact’ presentations March 17 and March 18 at various locations.
• ‘First Lady Presents…Ronnie Rector’ Art Reception March 27, 2020 at the Governor’s Mansion.

The following public meetings will still take place as regularly scheduled:
• Board of Supervisors
• Planning Commission 
• Regional Transportation Commission  
• Carson City is actively working to provide alternative options for calling in or commenting on-line to reduce in person public contact. 

For health information and updates visit GetHealthyCarsonCity.org. Carson City Health and Human Services developed a public hotline, (775) 283-4789, devoted to keeping the community up-to-date and informed on COVID-19. The hotline will service Douglas, Lyon and Storey County as well as Carson City residents. The line will be staffed Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer questions and concerns.

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