Great Basin Adventure Park
Located inside the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, surrounded by 600 acre's of manicured turf, is the Great Basin Adventure Park. Kids of all ages enjoy a visit to this park. Inside there is a petting zoo, pony rides, an old fashioned log flume ride, a mine replica complete with shaft slides, gold panning and a discovery room.
There is also a wetland habitat nature walk and a place where kids can climb dinosaures that are one-third the size they were when they roamed the earth.
The park was created in honor of the late Wilbur D. May, born in 1898, the son of the founder of the highly successful May Department Stores.
Wilbur D. May was a supporter of a variety of children's organizations and shared his time and wealth helping educate youngsters.
He moved to Reno, Nevada in 1936 and remained here until his death in 1982. The Wilbur D. May foundation and center were established to perpetuate Wilbur's commitment toward family, children and education.
Today a lucky group of fifth graders from Bud Beasley Elementary School in Sparks, Nevada, get to celebrate the end of the 2007-2008 school year with a field trip to the Great Basin Adventure Park.
Before they go inside they were able to picnic at one of the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park's four covered picnic area's and enjoy snow cones before most of the kids dashed over to get in for the log ride in hopes of getting wet! Mission accomplished for most of the kids, they were soaked by the end of the day.
The children had a great day ad the Great Basin Adventure Park and are sure to return at least once with their parents during the summer while out of school. If you would like more information on the parks in the Reno/Sparks areas, you can log on to www.washoecountyparks. com. And if you would like information on schools in this area, you can log on to www.washoe.12.nv.us.
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