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 all Parks & Recreation Department Staff, welcome to the City of Pocatello's Spring/Summer program brochure for 2016! Fresh air, green grass and warm, sunny days are just a few of the things we look forward to this spring & summer. 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, for community members of all ages.

How about some world-class trail biking & hiking at City Creek, a rock-climbing adventure, or joining us for a 5K Fun Run? A children’s dance or gymnastics class, a youth or adult sports league, a good workout & relaxing steam room visit at the Community Recreation Center? Maybe a round of golf or Frisbee golf at one of the City’s public courses or is more your style? Or perhaps a family visit to the Ross Park Aquatic Complex and the City Zoo, capped off by a free concert in the park at the Bandshell? Whether your interest is in exploring nature, fitness, sports, aquatics, cultural arts or special events, we invite everyone to take full advantage of the endless benefits the City’s programs & facilities provide.

Speaking of the City Zoo, there is some exciting news to report. We have a new name, “Zoo Idaho,” in recognition of the native Idaho species & landscape we specialize in, as well as in acknowledgement of support and pride in both the Pocatello community, and our beautiful state of Idaho. Phase 1 Zoo Entrance Improvements began in October and are proceeding with completion of the site work expected in summer 2016, and including the ADA pathways essential for the remainder of the project, as well as landscaping and restroom renovations to create access for Zoo patron use.  Zoo Idaho is poised for strategic & rapid growth and improvement in the years to come. Stay tuned for future updates.

Lastly, I couldn’t be more pleased to announce that the Pocatello Parks & Recreation Department has adopted a new slogan, “Play Often, Live Better!” We hope that our new motto is enjoyed & embraced, is easily identifiable & recognizable, and helps reach out to the community and convey just how valuable the Park facilities & Recreation services the City provides are to our overall quality of life & well-being.  In that effort, the City has teamed up with the Portneuf Medical Center & Health Trust to introduce our Park Prescriptions program.  There really is something for everyone at Pocatello Parks & Recreation, and all are invited to join us in making this Spring & Summer one to remember, by Playing Often and Living Better!

John Banks, Parks & Recreation Director
City of Pocatello