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The City of Reno is offering free parking every Friday for residents who buy the special Reno license plates as an incentive to raise funds for park, recreation and other community services programs.

The plates show the iconic Reno Arch and help fund the city’s programs, city officials said in a news release Monday. The money raised will boost the funding needed to continue to give residents access to parks, trails, playgrounds, sports leagues and youth and senior services, among other services, city officials said.

Free parking and pool passes

Residents who purchase the plates can park free downtown through December 2017. The City of Reno is also offering a free annual services pass to those who buy the plates this year. The pass grants access to the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center and to all local pools.

City officials said the passes are valued at $360.

“There are so many reasons to believe in Reno right now,” Reno City Councilman David Bobzien said in the news release Monday. “By adding a Reno license plate to your car, you’re expressing that you are proud to live in The Biggest Little City.”

“As Reno continues to grow, this funding is more important than ever,” Bobzien said. “Our outdoor recreational opportunities are what set us apart from other cities, and we need to continue to preserve and improve our parks, trails and programs.”

How to get yours

In order to receive the pass, residents who purchased the special plates should take their paperwork – obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles – to the Evelyn Mount Community Center on 1301 Valley Road.

During the 2007 legislative session, the City of Reno received support to request a specialty license plate to help support and improve parks, recreation, facilities and programs within the city. Assembly Bill 297 was sponsored by then Assemblyman Bobzien.

For more information, visit Reno.gov/plate. Plates can be ordered through a local DMV.

Marcella Corona covers breaking news for the Reno Gazette-Journal. Contact her at 775-788-6340, email her at mcorona@rgj.com or follow her on Twitter at @Marcella_Anahi or on Facebook at Facebook.com/Marcella.Anahi

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