As we approach the New Year, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on our major accomplishments of 2017.
Adoption of City of Reno Master Plan
On December 13, 2017, Council adopted the updated City of Reno Master Plan. The vote represented a major milestone in the two-and-a-half year ReImagine Reno process to update the plan, which guides where and how the city will grow and develop over the next 20 years. More than 9,000 people participated in the widest public engagement effort in the City’s history.
Permanent Overflow Shelter
Permanent Overflow Shelter – On December 13, 2017, Council unanimously approved to direct staff to pursue evaluation of the construction of a permanent overflow shelter for homeless persons at 250 Sage Street, including engaging a design firm to develop a concept site plan and master plan. The vote demonstrated that Council is in agreement that a second shelter is necessary.
Miguel Ribera Skate Park opens
Council, city officials and project partners came together for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Miguel Ribera Park on November 29, 2017. Staff worked with American Ramp Company to design the City of Reno’s fifth and newest skate park with public input.
Funding secured for Traner Pool renovation project
On November 15, 2017, Council approved an $800,000 grant from The William N. Pennington Foundation to support the Traner Pool renovation project. The grant ensures that the City will reopen Traner Pool on June 12, 2018, barring any unforeseen setbacks, with construction projected to take place from February to May of next year. Council also helped secure assistance from the community, including a $50,000 donation from the Northern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council Development Corporation.
Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center pool reopens
Council, city officials and project partners gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center on October 16, 2017. The warmer water and shorter pool depth (3 to 5 feet) at Evelyn Mount pool provide an ideal environment for swim lessons and therapeutic exercise. A fully accessible, ADA family changing room was also added during the time needed to complete the roof repairs.
ReEnergize Reno launch
Council, city officials and project partners formally launched ReEnergize Reno on October 18, 2017 at the university’s Marguerite W. Petersen Athletic Academic Center. The City of Reno’s ambitious program aims to improve the energy and water efficiency of commercial, industrial and multifamily buildings 20 percent by 2025.
Neighborhood Renewal Program
The City of Reno unveiled the first renovated home as part of the Neighborhood Renewal Program. A ribbon cutting took place on October 9, 2017 at 1411 E. 10th St. in Reno. Work began on the 10th Street home during a neighborhood cleanup that was held on September 9, 2017. The program, through which low- and moderate-income homeowners can apply for one-time funds to assist with cleaning up their property, officially launched in August 2017.
The Space Whale dedication on City Plaza
On August 18, 2017, Council and staff joined hundreds of citizens to dedicate The Space Whale into the City of Reno’s temporary public art collection. The Space Whale is a 50-foot illuminated stained glass and steel art sculpture of a humpback whale mother and calf designed to look as though they’re floating supported by the baby and one large fin. City of Reno crews worked with artist Matt Schultz during summer 2017 to install the sculpture, which debuted at Burning Man in summer 2016.
Reno 150 and Reno People Project
Happy Birthday, Reno! The Reno City Council and staff joined the community for the official Reno 150 Kickoff Event on May 9, 2017 on the City Plaza. Reno was officially established on May 9, 1868. As such, the City has established the Reno 150 sesquicentennial celebration and the Reno People Project. Save the date for Reno’s 150th birthday event at Greater Nevada Field on May 9, 2018.
Adoption of Downtown Action Plan
Council unanimously approved the Downtown Action Plan during a Special Meeting on April 19, 2017. The Downtown Action Plan identifies priorities for downtown improvements to guide the City of Reno and the community at large for the next several years. At the same meeting, Council authorized staff to begin the process of developing a plan for the creation of a Downtown Management Organization and to identify and implement the proposed Business Improvement District (BID). The anticipated start date of the newly created BID is July 1, 2018.
Hiring of Reno City Manager
During a Special Meeting on March 8, 2017, Council unanimously selected Sabra Newby as the new Reno City Manager. Newby began her employment with the City of Reno on May 8, 2017. An extensive recruitment was conducted at Council’s direction for a new City Manager.
Creemos Reno and Fiesta Latin@
In an effort to better inform and engage the local Latino community, the City of Reno launched “Creemos Reno,” the tagline for a new bilingual citywide Spanish communications plan, in February 2017. The program included the launch of Reno.gov/Espanol and a dedicated Facebook page, as well as the inaugural Fiesta Latin@ event, which was held in September 2017 on the City Plaza.
To learn more about the City of Reno’s 2017 accomplishments, and a look ahead to 2018, save the date for the 2018 State of the City address at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts on January 18, 2018 at 5 p.m.