The growing city of Sparks is nestled in the Truckee Meadows between the Carson and Virginia Mountain Ranges at an elevation of nearly 4,500 feet. The city shares its idyllic valley location and mild four-season climate with its larger neighbor to the west, Reno. Growth in Reno has accelerated the expansion of Sparks, a thriving city with a strong downtown business core and established and new neighborhoods. Residents enjoy Nevada's bright sunshine and the Lake Tahoe region's global reputation for world-class outdoor recreation throughout the four seasons. Sparks is widely known as the premiere special-events destination for the entire northern Nevada region. The city boasts a charming Victorian Square that provides the perfect backdrop for annual events like the Hometown Farmers Market, The Big Easy, Hot August Nights, Nuggest Best in the West Rib Cook-off, and Hometowne Christmas. The parks and recreation department in Sparks is exceptionally active, ensuring that residents of all ages can choose from great programs and can enjoy their leisure time in lush and well-equipped parks. The city is particularly proud of its latest addition: Sparks Marina Park, where 80 acres of water are surrounded by facilities for swimming, boating, fishing, scuba diving, and picnicking.