West Park, sure to be a jewel in the heart of Somersett, is moving closer to becoming a reality. Plans for the park have been approved by the City of Reno and the Board of the SOA, grading work is in progress, and donations for the park are now being accepted through a partnership with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.

If all goes according to plan, the park will offer residents a new space to walk their dogs off-leash, plant a vegetable garden, picnic under a pavilion, enjoy time with their children on the play structure, walk along an exercise path or simply take in the beautiful views.

The City of Reno and the SOA partnered to design and build the multi-use, multi-generational neighborhood park on land set aside for use as a park. The site is located at the northeast corner of Somersett Parkway and Hawk Meadow Trail, across Hawk Meadow Trail from the City of Reno Fire Station #19.

West Park will join East Park as the second city park located totally within the Somersett community. West Park will be larger and will have more features, including:

  • A dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs
  • Raised community garden beds
  • A family play area
  • A pavilion
  • A large, flat grassy area
  • Exercise paths
  • Restrooms
  • A parking lot with access to the #7 Trailhead

Perched above Somersett Parkway, West Park will also offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Money for building the park comes from a combination of city funds and donations. The gap between the city’s construction budget of $800,000 and the estimated full project budget of $1,500,000 will be filled by donations. Bidding will be in late spring and construction is expected to begin this summer. At that time the scope of phasing and fund-raising will be determined.

Somersett, your help is needed!

In the meantime, West Park has partnered with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation to accept donations to fill the expected funding gap. For those who feel strongly about one park feature over another, donations may be earmarked for specific areas, such as the dog park, the pavilion, park equipment or the garden. A general park fund donation option is also available. Other options include the purchase of commemorative bricks and plaques with inscriptions to be displayed in the park. Find more information here: The West Park donation page

The park moves forward thanks in large part to efforts of the SOA’s Somersett Parks Committee (formerly West Park). Members of the committee worked closely with the city to ensure that the community’s interests were represented and that the park would become an attractive, safe place for residents and their canine friends to enjoy.

Stay tuned for updates on the park’s progress, and please consider becoming a West Park “angel” by making a donation!

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