RENO — The city invites the public to join in a celebration to mark completion of the Virginia Lake Park restoration project and the new fishing pier at noon Thursday.
A citizen’s design group helped the city determine what features they wanted in the restoration. The project also included erosion control, a bathroom and new landscaping with a trail at the south end of the lake.
The festivities will take place at the new pier, which is located on the northeast corner of Virginia Lake. The lake is on Lakeside Drive between Plumb Lane and Brinkby Avenue.
Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and Councilmember Sharon Zadra will participate in the celebration, as well as members of the Ward 2 Neighborhood Advisory Board and the Virginia Lake restoration project citizen’s design group. The city invites the public to attend the event.
The park is one of the most popular in Reno for walkers and runners, as well as others who come to enjoy the scenery, children’s playground and dog park. The Nevada Department of Wildlife stocks the lake with bowcutt trout for catch and release.
The department will restock the lake sometime this month.
The east bank of the lake was eroding and landscaping deteriorated in some areas.
The city was able to use a combination of general CIP funds and park construction taxes to fund the project, which was completed in two phases. The east point work cost $380,000 and included a new restroom, new landscaping around the restroom and tufa garden (but not the garden itself), new tables, benches, trash cans and new fishing dock.
The shoreline work cost $325,000 and included shoreline restoration along the east side, pathway improvements, new landscaping, new benches and trash cans.
The Virginia Lake Park was built by work crews in the federal Works Progress Administration from 1936 to 1938. It was originally built to be a year-round recreation area for swimming and fishing.