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

The Fall season is nearly upon us! A new school year has begun, the leaves will soon be turning, and with its cool mornings and sunny afternoons, Fall remains a great time to enjoy the outdoors. On behalf of the Parks & Recreation Department Staff, a warm welcome to the City of Pocatello’s Fall 2016/Winter 2017 program brochure.

We are very pleased to present a wide array of exciting and engaging recreational opportunities for community members of all ages, and hope that you, your families and friends will explore & utilize the many beautiful parks, open spaces, and extensive & varied programs and facilities that the City has to offer.

How about a cross country ski, snowshoe or hiking adventure at our East Mink Creek Nordic Center facility, or an overnight family camp out in a warm & cozy snow hut? A visit to the City’s “Zoo Idaho” for a Zoorific Special Event or one of our Wild Winter Weekends? Or maybe some world class trail biking at City Creek is more your style? Perhaps a children’s dance or swim lesson class, a youth or adult sports league, or a good workout with game of Pickleball at the Community Recreation Center, followed by a relaxing steam room visit? Whether your interest is in fitness, nature & the outdoors, athletics or special events, we hope that you’ll take full advantage of the endless healthy lifestyle benefits our programs & facilities provide.

In other exciting news I’d like to share, the Zoo Entrance Improvements are rapidly proceeding! The ADA accessible entrance pathway has been completed, as have thorough renovations and extensive improvements of the permanent lower level restroom building, part of which have been incorporated into Zoo Idaho for use. Entrance Landscaping is also progressing nicely, and should be completed in early Fall. 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 floorplan 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!

This Fall & Winter there is a little something for everyone, come see what Pocatello Parks & Recreation has to offer and Play Often, Live Better!

John Banks, Parks & Recreation Director
City of Pocatello