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Renovations will be coming to Pocatello’s Community Recreation Center thanks to the help of a local company.
Friday, Basic American Foods’ Giving Program presented the City of Pocatello Parks and Recreation Department with a $10,000 grant. The money will help fund the installation of a new sport-court playing surface in the center’s multi-purpose room. The space houses a variety of activities including basketball, fitness classes, and gymnastics to name a few.
“We’d like to thank Basic American Foods for their generosity,” said John Banks, Parks and Recreation Department Director. “Through their help, we’re able to continue our mission of helping Pocatellans to ‘Play Often, and Live Better! ’”
The original flooring was installed in 1993. At the end of its useful life, shock absorption for the current floor has deteriorated and the surface has developed dead spots where balls will not bounce, rendering some sports nearly unplayable.
“Pickleball is continuing to rise in popularity among residents and we plan to put down pickleball lines on the new floor, providing residents with another court to play on,” Banks said. “The updated surface with its cushioning characteristics will greatly improve current program quality, and also allow us to explore utilizing the room for other activities as well.”
Total cost for the project is $13,196.28 with the remainder being paid through the City’s Parks and Recreation Development Trust via a donation made by Dotty Lohse.
“Dotty made the donation as a tribute to her late husband, Skip Lohse,” said Banks. “Dotty and Skip were long-time, beloved City Youth Basketball program coaches.”
Replacement is scheduled to get underway in late October/early November.
For more information on the programs offered through the Parks and Recreation Department, visit pocatello.us/pr.