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City of Sparks Mayor Declares State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Sparks, NV – The City of Sparks has declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). The declaration will be submitted to the State of Nevada and will allow the City of Sparks to speed up the delivery of resources required to effectively respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

“Declaring a State of Emergency is a tool to help us provide for our community during a time of crisis,” said Mayor Ron Smith. “This makes it easier to respond financially by accessing resources that wouldn’t otherwise be available.”

In conjunction with the state’s decision to close all Nevada K-12 schools until at least April 6, the City will be closing spring break and before and after school programming scheduled through City of Sparks Parks and Recreation. This includes Kid Konnection, Spring Vacation Fun, SVF2 and Small Wonders Learning Center. Parents and guardians will need to make alternative arrangements for the care of their children.

Additionally, all City of Sparks community centers will be closed at least until April 6 including the Larry D. Johnson and Alf Sorensen Community Centers and the City Recreation Center. All programs, classes and lessons scheduled at these facilities are also cancelled. Parents, guardians and participants can expect a household credit or refund and will receive more detailed communication from City of Sparks Parks and Recreation in the coming week.

The City has also cancelled all tournaments and special events through Thursday, April 30, 2020, including but not limited to this weekend’s Dublin Dirty adult softball tournament and the following:

Tournaments

  • All World Sports Youth Baseball, March 21-22, Golden Eagle Regional Park
  • Reed High Varsity Softball Tournament, March 27-28, Shadow Mountain Park
  • NSA Girls Fast Pitch, March 28-29, Golden Eagle Regional Park 
  • Down & Dirty, April 4-5, Golden Eagle Regional Park
  • USA Softball State, April 11-12, Golden Eagle Regional Park
  • All World, April 18-19, Shadow Mountain Park and Golden Eagle Regional Park
  • All American Athletics, April 25-26, Golden Eagle Regional Park
  • Capital Sports, April 25-26, Golden Eagle Regional Park

Special Events

  • 3rd Thursday, March 19 and April 16, Victorian Square
  • Out of the Darkness Walk, April 18, Sparks Marina

The City has suspended all passport services until at least April 30 for the safety of employees and customers and encourages customers to pay sewer bills and business license fees online at www.cityofsparks.us/customer-service.

“Our responsibility right now is to continue to provide essential services to our residents, care for our City employees and do our best to lessen the spread of COVID-19,” said City Manager Neil Krutz. “We’re best able to accomplish this by following the guidelines of the Washoe County Health District and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by encouraging social distancing, proper and frequent hand-washing and etiquette when coughing or sneezing.”

Additional information can be found on the City’s social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and Instagram, and at www.cityofsparks.us/COVID-19.