Western Nevada County has 3 independent Park and Recreation Districts outside of the Grass Valley and Nevada City areas:
- Western Gateway Recreation and Park District
- Bear River Park and Recreation District
- Oak Tree Community Park and Recreation District
Since the Great Recession in 2008, many jurisdictions are fiscally challenged to secure adequate and sustained funding for park and recreation programs and operations. EPS will be conducting a Western Nevada County Park District Consolidation/Reorganization Feasibility Study to determine if consolidation or reorganization could be advantageous for parks and recreation opportunities to local residents.