The City of Sparks is located just east of Reno, NV, at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The world renowned Lake Tahoe is less than a one hour drive away. Sparks is in a high desert climate at an elevation of nearly 4,500 feet with four seasons and sunshine 80 percent of the year. It is the fifth largest city in Nevada with a population of 92,331 (2010). Reno/Tahoe International Airport, five minutes away, serves Sparks. Sparks is known as the premiere special events venue for all of northern Nevada, a place where there is always something happening - with attractions on our Victorian Square which bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to such annual events as the Sparks Hometowne Farmer's Market, Hot August Nights, Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off, and Sparks Hometowne Christmas. The city's newest destination includes the Legends at Sparks Marina, a premiere shopping and dining experience. Sparks is filled with more than 50 beautiful parks along with countless recreation programs. The City's landmark gem includes the unique Sparks Marina. The Marina consists of eighty acres of water surrounded by swimming, boating, fishing, scuba diving and picnicking facilities, with breath-taking views of the nearby mountains. Events are always happening at the Marina such as the Scheels Turkey Trot held annually on Thanksgiving Day. Golden Eagle Sports Complex featuring 1.4 million square feet of artificial turf, hosts hundreds of softball tournaments and sporting events annually. And Rock Park offers an exciting whitewater attraction geared for family fun with pools for kayaking, tubing and rafting for all abilities in a wonderful setting. The list of fun and exciting things to do in Sparks is growing. Sparks is part of the beautiful Truckee Meadows and is surrounded by picturesque foothills. Whether walking, running, or biking, there are plentiful opportunities to experience the great outdoors year round. And don't forget that the City's rich history can be experienced at the Sparks Heritage Museum.