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Leisure without Limits/Special Populations


Sparks Parks and Recreation supports the Americans with Disabilities Act and strives to comply with all aspects of the law to provide a barrier-free environment and experience. We continually seek to provide positive recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. If you have a disability and would like to request support for a program or if there is a new program you would like to see offered, please contact Shauna at (775) 353-7815 or e-mail recinfo@cityofsparks.us. Please note: Financial assistance to help with registration fees is available for children, seniors and people with disabilities who cannot otherwise afford to take part in our programs. 


Presenting a World of Possibilities in Adaptive Sports

A variety of adaptive sports will be featured at the annual Mark Wellman’s Adventure Day event at the Sparks Marina on Sunday, June 9. People with disabilities and their friends and families are invited to try out hand-cycling, kayaking and rock climbing through the use of a broad range of adaptive equipment. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Marina peninsula. 

Now in its 15th year, Adventure Day opens up a world of possibilities in accessing physical activity. Participants can experience the joy and freedom of moving their arms and legs in ways they never thought possible by taking part in the adaptive sports offered. 

The event’s namesake, Mark Wellman, is a two-time Paralympian and nationally acclaimed author, filmmaker and motivational speaker. He is best known for his ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, marking the first ascent of the cliff by a paraplegic. Wellman will be on hand to share his passion for the outdoors and assist participants with scaling a portable climbing wall. Those who want to test-drive an adaptive cycle can do so with help from members of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra. There also will be a kayak station staffed with very experienced and knowledgeable community volunteers.

All ages and abilities are encouraged to try something new at Mark Wellman’s Adventure Day event. Sunscreen and close-toed shoes are required. A registration packet for participants, parents and/or guardians must be completed prior to participation – download the packet here. Copies will also be available at the event.

For more information call (775) 353-7815 or email recinfo@cityofsparks.us. The Sparks Marina Park is located at 300 Howard Drive. Special thanks to the Nell J. Redfield Foundation, City of Reno Parks Recreation and Community Services, and Paralympic Sport Club for their support of the event.

Bring your friends and come out to practice your game every Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. at Wild Island Coconut Bowl! We keep track of scores to average for the Special Olympics tournament in November. Cost is $2 per day for one game. No pre-registration necessary.


We’ve teamed up with VSA arts to provide Weekly Wonders, a craft/art workshop held on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Larry D. Johnson Community Center, 1200 12th Street. Participants (16 yrs. and older) will develop their artistic abilities through a variety of fun projects. There is space for up to 16, first-come, first-served. Cost is $5 per month/materials fee.

This specially equipped wheelchair glides over sand, snow, gravel and soft soils, allowing its users closer contact with nature. There is no fee for adults/children with disabilities. Call the Park Ranger Office at 691-9130 to make your reservation. The purchase of the Landeez was made possible through a generous donation from the Friends of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.