Spanish Springs? student population attend the schools of the Washoe County School District, which serves the communities of the Reno-Sparks metropolitan region and the communities of Empire, Wadsworth, Gerlach, and Incline Village. The district is made up of 63 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, 13 high schools, and one special education facility. Additionally, there are also eight public charter schools sponsored by the district.
Residents and students have a variety of options when it comes to higher education. The closest colleges can be found in Reno and Carson City, such as Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada-Reno, and Western Nevada Community College.
Reno is widely known for its casinos and gaming industry, along with its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the many skiing/snowboarding resorts located around the lake. Located about 30 miles from Reno and Sparks, Lake Tahoe offers skiers, snowboarders, and outdoor enthusiasts with a breathtaking backdrop, beginner to advanced trails and courses, and seven resorts around the lake for winter sports fanatics to try out. In fact, one of the resorts, Squaw Valley Ski Resort, which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, is a contender for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
For those who?d like to learn more about the cultural and historical offerings of Reno, museums such as the National Automobile Museum, Nevada Museum of Art, and the Wilbur D. May Museum are excellent places to start. Annual festivals and street fairs also abound in Reno, such as the Great Reno Balloon Race, Hot August Nights, Night of All Nations, Reno Jazz Festival, National Championship Air Races & Street Vibrations, and the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive, to name a few.
Sparks is known for its outstanding parks and recreation system, which maintains almost 500 acres of developed parks, two recreation centers, two championship sports complexes, swimming pools and tennis courts. Golf is also a major area attraction with three public golf courses: D'Andrea Golf Club, Red Hawk Golf Club and Wildcreek Golf Course. The city recently opened the Sparks Marina Lake Park, a stunning facility with a 77-acre lake stocked with trout, a walking/running trail, volleyball courts, playgrounds and numerous water activities. There are also plenty of neighborhood parks such as Ardmore, Burgess, Cottonwood, Deer, Glendale, Oppio, Recreation and Rock Parks.
Downtown Sparks recently developed Victorian Square Plaza, a park-like setting with an interactive water fountain, 14-plex movie theater, retail shopping and fine dining. Many of the city's premier events are held on Victorian Square Plaza, whose centerpiece is a unique fountain and a town clock. Other popular attractions include Wild Island, Northern Nevada's largest family amusement complex, and Sparks Heritage Museum, which features historic memorabilia from historic Sparks.