Dog parks

Rancho San Rafael Going Back To The Dogs

Mar 17, 2016
Alexa Ard

A county park is going to the dogs again. That was the announcement given this week by Washoe County Manager John Slaughter. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

Dogs will once again be able go off leash at Rancho San Rafael park in northwest Reno.

The pasture was closed to dogs last summer because of the drought, which forced officials to shut down the water source for the area.

Rancho San Rafael Pasture Closed

Jun 8, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

Starting today the multi-use pasture at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park will be closed to the public due to lingering drought conditions. 

The closure, which is expected to last through summer and possibly the fall, is due to a lack of irrigation water needed to sustain the grass in the pasture, used mostly as an off-leash run for dogs. Irrigation comes from the Highland Ditch which is fed from the Truckee River. However, the Federal Water Master has shut the ditch off due to low water flows. Making the situation even worse was a very dry winter.