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Parks & Recreation


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.

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Pocatello Community Recreation Center
Pocatello Parks and Recreation Activity Guide
Pocatello Ross Park Aquatic Complex
Pocatello Parks and Facilities
Pocatello East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

Play Often, Live Better!

It is a stunning time of year to be in Idaho.  Fall and winter bring with them beautiful landscapes dotted with yellow, orange, and red leaves or blanketed with sparkling white snow.  Favorite sweaters come out of storage, holiday decorations adorn homes and businesses, families and friends gather, football games are played, and there is a general excitement in the air for good things to come.  What do you love most about these seasons?  Whatever it is, I encourage you to share it with someone new.  Make a friend, renew an acquaintance, invite a neighbor into your home, or in some way meet the wonderful people that share this city with you.  There is no end to the good things that come into your life by building friendships and relationships.  Our Parks & Recreation Department staff work year-round to maintain our beautiful parks and recreational venues to enhance your opportunities to “Play Often, Live Better!”  How long has it been since you visited one of our parks, tried to snowshoe or cross-country ski at the Nordic Center, signed up for a team sport or fitness class at the Community Recreation Center, or walked one of the many trails?  Discover for the first time or rediscover one of the many things that make Pocatello a thriving community with recreational possibilities abounding…and share it with a friend.  In the hustle and bustle of all the fall and winter activities, may I remind you that people matter most. Many thanks for all the kindnesses you share and the ways you build our community. As always, I am proud to be your Mayor.
Brian C. Blad
Mayor of Pocatello

Message from the Director

Dear Neighbors:

Welcome to the City of Pocatello’s Fall 2023/Winter 2024 Parks & Recreation program brochure!  The Fall & Winter seasons continue to be a great time to enjoy the outdoors.  It is our hope that you, your families & friends will continue to “Play Often and Live Better!”, by exploring the City’s many beautiful parks, open spaces, and facilities, as well as participating in some of the comprehensive array of program choices available.

It’s been a crazy few months and we have so much going on to share with you!

  • In coordination with the Portneuf Health Trust we will be remodeling and making some major improvements to the Community Recreation Center!
  • The Idaho Central Credit Union splash pad is still underway at OK Ward Park, you’ll be seeing construction soon.
  • New surfacing at Brooklyn’s Playground may run in conjunction with splash pad construction.
  • Ross Park Aquatic Complex will have a new slide, we are working on a design now!
  • Plans are nearing completion for 7 pickleball courts to be built in Ross Park between the swimming pool and horseshoe pits.

There will be something for everyone! We appreciate your support. The Parks & Recreation Department invites everyone to join us this Fall & Winter for all that Pocatello has to offer, and “Play Often, Live Better!”

Anne Butler
Parks & Recreation Director
City of Pocatello

Park Reservations

Park reservations will be taken beginning Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. We look forward to hearing from you!