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, welcome to the City of Pocatello’s Spring/Summer 2017 program brochure! We hope that you, your families & friends will explore the many beautiful parks, open spaces, and exciting recreational opportunities & facilities 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  oat adventure, or a good workout, swim & relaxing steam room visit at the Community Recreation Center? Maybe some world class trail biking & hiking at either City Creek or the Mink Creek Nordic Center, or a peaceful stroll on one of the City’s spectacular Greenway Trails or at 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 Pickleball at the Raymond Park courts 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? Or perhaps a family visit to the Ross Park Aquatics Complex and the City’s “Zoo Idaho”, capped o by a free Municipal Band concert in the park at the Lower Ross Park Bandshell? Whether your interest is in cultural arts or special events, fitness, aquatics, sports or exploring nature, 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, the Phase 1 Zoo Idaho entrance improvements were completed during fall 2016! Included are ADA accessible entrance pathways, entrance landscaping, as well as thorough renovations and extensive improvements to the permanent lower level restroom building, part of which have been incorporated into Zoo Idaho for use. The next step in the process will be implementation of a new entrance building, complete with admissions areas, gift shop, concessions and additional permanent restrooms! Staff is in the process of finalizing proposed floor plan designs for Council consideration, as well as working to secure sufficient funds for the building. Stay tuned for future updates on all of the significant & transformative improvements going on at Zoo Idaho!

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