Location: On site of current Wildcreek Golf Course
Status: Negotiating land acquisition from County, updating Educational Specifications.* Local governments voted on May 1 to move forward with research, public input, and efforts to make the project a reality. Golf would remain “as-is” on site through Summer 2019, and then remain onsite in smaller to-be-determined format.
Purpose: Expand and update facility for students in the Procter Hug High School zone. Additional capacity at this new facility will relieve overcrowding at other high schools (such as Spanish Springs High School).
- The new career/tech academy at Procter Hug’s campus would be in additional to other programs currently offered by WCSD, like AACT.
- WCSD’s part in this is the building the high school. It will be up to the County, with input from the public and after more research, to determine what other projects will be done at Wildcreek, what the future golf course there looks like. It will be the County that manages these projects and areas.
- Final names for the new high school at Wildcreek, and the career/tech academy at Procter Hug’s current campus, will be determined by recommendations from the School Naming Committee and ultimately WCSD’s Board of Trustees.
- Final zoning for the new school will be completed with community input, and through recommendations from the Zoning Advisory Committee. This will be finalized closer to when the new school opens.
Wildcreek Project FAQ
June 20, 2017
What is the Wildcreek Project?
Local agencies are looking into using part of the Wildcreek Golf Course to build a new high school, which is desperately needed to provide students with updated facilities and address overcrowding across the area. This campus would replace the existing Procter Hug High School, which in turn would be renovated and repurposed into a career/tech campus. All the local agencies indicated their desire for the Wildcreek site to continue to offer golf, and other ideas are being explored such as a public park/greenspace.
What is the status of it?
In order to make a formal proposal to buy part of the Wildcreek Golf Course land, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) is doing some “due diligence” work on the property. That includes having outside experts perform traffic analysis, environmental surveying, and soil sampling and testing. This work is minimally disruptive to the land, and will have little or no impact on the golf course or operations.
Does work happening at the site mean the course has been sold? What was the vote that was taken to move forward with this project?
The golf course has not been sold. The vote by the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA), Washoe County, and the school district were simply to allow these “due diligence” studies to move forward. These studies will be used to create a formal proposal for transfer and/or sale of the property. The cities of Reno and Sparks also voted to approve the letter of intent for this work to move forward.
What will the site look like – how much of the golf course will remain, where will the high school be, how will traffic be addressed, etc.?
These studies will be used to help determine all that. The “site-plan” picture on our website and featured in the news is a draft of the concept that was used to help the community begin to visualize the project, and not at all a final master plan. The results of the studies will guide all the entities involved in creating a final proposal, which will be presented and discussed at future public meetings.
What is the timeframe for all of this?
The studies will be done over the coming weeks and months. If a proposal makes sense and the high school construction project moves forward, major work on the site would likely not begin until the Winter of 2018, meaning the 27 hole golf course would stay in operation as-is at least through the 2018 golf season. On that schedule, the school could open in August of 2021. Timelines for other potential projects depend on what other uses the community identifies, led by Washoe County, through various public input opportunities in the coming months. The repurposing of the existing Procter Hug High School campus would begin as soon as school ends in June of 2021, with the target of reopening the school one school year later (August 2022).
*Educational Specifications or “Ed Specs” are created with stakeholder and community input, and define the broad concepts and building needs that guide the architectural drawings for specific schools.