Parks & Recreation

Play Often, Live Better!



The Parks and Recreation Department strives to serve the Pocatello community with quality recreation programs, well-maintained parks, trails, and beautiful open spaces. Our aim is to help provide opportunities, activities and the facilities to bring pleasure to people’s lives. Our parks serve as a source of great community pride, and we are firm believers in the benefits recreation brings to both the years in one’s life and the life in those years.
Often people don’t realize what a vital role Parks and Recreation plays in the quality of their lives. Our aim is to help the community make the connection between vital and happy lifestyles and parks and recreation.

Message from the Director

A new school year has begun, the leaves will soon be turning, and the fall season is nearly upon us! With its cool mornings and sunny afternoons, fall continues to be a great time to enjoy the outdoors. On behalf of the Parks & Recreation Department, a warm welcome to the City of Pocatello’s Fall 2017/Winter 2018 program brochure. Staff is very pleased to offer a wide variety of enjoyable and engaging recreational opportunities for community members of all ages. We hope that you, your families & friends will Play Often and Live Better by exploring the City’s many beautiful parks, open spaces & facilities, as well as participating in some of the extensive array of program choices available.

How about some world class trail hiking & biking at the City Creek Trails System, or a late season round of golf at the City’s Highland & Riverside public courses? A cross country ski, snowshoe & hiking adventure at our Mink Creek Nordic Center facility, or an overnight family camp out in a warm & cozy snow hut? Perhaps a children’s dance or swim lesson class, a youth or adult sports league, an indoor rock wall climb, or a good workout with game of Pickleball at the Community Recreation Center, followed by a relaxing steam room visit? Or, maybe a visit to the City’s “Zoo Idaho” for a Zoorific Special Event during one of our Wild Winter Weekends is more your style?

Whether your interest is in nature & the outdoors, athletics & fitness or special events, we hope that you’ll take full advantage of the many healthy lifestyle benefits our programs & facilities provide. In other exciting news I’d like to share, the Zoo Entrance Improvements are continuing to proceed. In addition to the ADA accessible entrance pathway and landscaping which have been completed, the next step will be implementation of a new entrance building, complete with admissions areas, concessions, gift shop and additional permanent restrooms. To blend with the natural beauty of Zoo Idaho and the surrounding park areas, the City Council has approved a “Log Cabin” design for the building, which will be purchased by the Pocatello Zoological Society in support of the community. Floor plan design and associated project documents are currently being prepared, and Staff is working to secure sufficient funds for construction of the building. Stay tuned for future updates on all of the significant & transformative improvements going on at Zoo Idaho.

This fall & winter, the Parks & Recreation Department invites everyone to join us for all that Pocatello has to offer, and “Play Often, Live Better!”

John Banks, Parks & Recreation Director
City of Pocatello