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

On behalf of Parks & Recreation Department Staff, a warm welcome to the City of Pocatello’s Spring/Summer 2018 pro-gram brochure! We hope that you, your families & friends will explore the exciting recreational opportunities & facilities, as well as the many beautiful parks & open spaces that the City has to offer this spring & summer, for community members of all ages.

We invite the Pocatello community to “Play Often, and Live Better!” by getting outdoors to enjoy the fresh air, green grass and warm, sunny days of Spring & Summer. How about joining us for a 5K Fun Run or Walk, a rock climbing or river float adventure, or a good workout, swim & relaxing steam room visit at the Community Recreation Center? Maybe some world class trail biking & hiking at City Creek or the Mink Creek Nordic Center, or a peaceful stroll on one of the City’s beautiful Greenway Trails and the Portneuf Wellness Complex is more your style? How does 9 or 18 holes of golf at the City’s Highland & Riverside public courses or a game of Disc Golf at Upper Ross Park, the Nordic Center or Sister City Park sound? A children’s dance or gymnastics class, a youth or adult sports league, or a trip to Brooklyn’s Playground or any of the City’s other fun-filled play areas? A game of Pickleball at the Raymond Park courts, or perhaps a family visit to the Ross Park Aquatics Complex and the City’s “Zoo Idaho”, capped off by a free Municipal Band concert at the Lower Ross Park Bandshell? Whether your interest is in exploring nature or fitness, cultural arts or special events, aquatics or sports, all are encouraged to take full advantage of the endless quality of life & well-being benefits our Recreation Department programs & facilities provide.

In other exciting news, Lower Ross Park will open a brand new permanent restroom building in Spring, 2018! The rest-rooms were constructed by the City’s Parks Dept. using in-house Staff expertise, to accomplish a significant improvement & community benefit at the City’s crown jewel park, and at a tremendous cost savings to the City. The new restrooms will be located adjacent to the Aquatics Complex picnic pavilion and the skate park, and will include men’s & women’s, as well as two family/handicap accessible restroom areas. In addition, City Council has approved a two story “log cabin” structure as the preferred design & floor plan for the next step – Phase #2 Zoo Idaho Entrance Building and Gift Shop improvements. The Zoological Society has committed to purchasing the log cabin in support of the City, and architectural services have been secured for design of the new Zoo Entrance building. Staff will continue to seek & secure funding resources needed to complete the Entrance Building, stay tuned for updates!

There really is something for everyone at Pocatello Parks & Recreation. Please invite your loved ones and join us in making this Spring & Summer one to remember, by Playing Often and Living Better!

John Banks, Parks & Recreation Director
City of Pocatello