Parks & Rec
Welcome to the City of Mountain Home Parks & Recreation website. Amazing things happen when people and parks and recreation come together! Our parks and recreation facilities are a place where people gather and participate in nourishing recreational leisure.
The City of Mountain Home Parks and Recreation Department is made up of many stunning parks, recreation activity center, the Mountain Home City Pool, and many recreational activities. City of Mountain Home Parks and Recreation adds value to the community as we promote management of open space, health and wellness in the community, education, and community recreation. We provide a multitude of amenities that make our community attractive to families.
We provide meaningful leisure opportunities and safe recreation facilities that will enhance the quality of life in our city by benefiting the health and well-being of our people, community, our economy, and our environment.
Current Condition of the Community Pool Update Video
Public Meeting December 16, 2020
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Being healthy means access to the resources needed to live a healthy life, and many health resources are fundamentally dependent on the design of our neighborhood environments. Accessible and safe parks are one essential ingredient to a healthy neighborhood, providing a place to exercise, play, spend time with friends and neighbors or just relax.
Adventure Camp 2021
Adventure Camp is a 10 week long summer program loaded with activities to keep kids on the go all summer long! Starting the first week of June, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm, kids ages 6-11yrs, are engaged and experiencing new ideas daily. The adventures these campers go on are necessary for youngsters to develop lifelong memories, friendships, skills and knowledge for the world around them. Camp is based out of the Parks & Recreation office at 795 S 5th W. Weekly fee $119/participant. Buy 5 weeks get the 6th Free!
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City of Mountain Home Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Update 11/16/2020:
As of Thursday, April 30, 2020 Governor Brad Little issued a new statewide stay-healthy order for all Idahoans. Mountain Home Parks and Recreation will offer, in the best interest of our participants, visitors and employees, a staged approach was used to restart all city sponsored and affiliated activities, classes, programs, sports, events and facilities swimming pool and Parks since March of 2020.
This constantly evolving process and we are grateful for the community’s support and patience as we work through the first four stages recommended by the Governor. Please click here for the State of Idaho’s Stages of Recovery. We highly encourage the community to stay tuned to our City of Mountain Home website social media platforms (@cityMHParksandRec on Facebook, and @mountainhomecityhall on Facebook) for the most up to date information.
Below you will find more detailed information regarding how the City of Mountain Home Parks and Recreation department restarted many programs during this time with new physical distancing protocols in place.
In order to ensure health and safety of all, The City of Mountain Home Parks and Recreation will follow the Recreation Program Reopening Procedures linked below. This program reopening procedure is for all City of Mountain Home Parks and Recreation camps, classes, and youth sports. In accordance with Governor Little’s Stages of Reopening, The City of Mountain Home Parks and Recreation Department will adhere to the following protocols as they align with each stage of reopening the state of Idaho.
Current Re-Opening Protocol:
Stage 2 Modified order [November 14th until Further Notice]- All youth and adult activities with groups of less than 10, that take place outdoors, may take place with the following protocols in place:
Park Shelters: Park shelter reservations may resume June 1 in accordance with stage 3 protocols set forward by Rebound Idaho.
Stage 1 [May 1st - 15th] - All youth and adult activities with groups of less than 10, that take place outdoors, may occur with the following protocols in place:
Stage 2 [May 16th- 30th] - All youth and adult activities with groups of less than 10, that take place outdoors, may take place with the following protocols in place:
Stage 3 [June 1st - June 12th] - All youth and adult activities with groups between 10-50, that take place both indoors and outdoors, may take place with the following protocols in place:
Stage 4 [June 13th - June 26th] - All youth and adult activities with groups of 50 people or more, that take place both indoors and outdoors, may take place with the following protocols in place:
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Settled in Richard Aguirre Park along McKenna Drive is the community Pool of Mountain Home. It is a great hangout spot for families with children of all ages. Click here for directions to Mountain Home Public Pool. The pool house offers a secured item check in where we will gladly hold all your valuable items while you enjoy the water and sun. The pool season is typically the end of May and remains open until mid-end of August.
Important Changes Due to COVID-19:
- Guests will be able to use the changing room and shower areas while visiting our facility. Restrooms are available for guests.
- We will not provide outdoor seating for guests; this is to limit touch surface and to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We recommend you bring your own chair with you into our facility.
- City of Mountain Home swimming pool will not be allowing guests to store personal belongings in the Lifeguard area during the 2020 season. All guest will be responsible for their personal items while visiting our facility.
- Any guest personal items left at the City of Mountain Home pool facility will be disposed.
Public Swimming times (Closed for 2020 season)
Guest numbers will be limited during public swimming to meet social distancing measures.
Days: Monday through Thursday Times: 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm
Days: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Times: 1-5 pm & 7-9 pm
Fee: $2.00 entrance fee to all ages. Entrance fees are charged for each of the two swimming sessions.
Please be advised that there will be NO Re-entry in to Public Swimming once a guest leaves.
NO Flotation Device Allowed
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Circle lap swimming
Monday through Thursday 10 am to 12 pm
Monday through Thursday 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Fee: $2.00 entrance fee to all ages
American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Classes are available at Mountain Home Public pool in the morning and in the afternoon. Sessions run Monday through Thursday for two weeks cost is $20.00 per session. Classes are 30 minutes in length. Register now Lean to Swim class are online see available classes/times or contact the Recreation office at (208) 587-2112.
Unpredictable weather or other unforeseen situations may result in our outdoor pools opening late or closing early. The pool manager will decide on closing if the following occur:
- There is a threat of violent weather or lightning (if lightning occurs for more than 30 minutes, pool will close for the rest of the swim session).
- There is a strong steady rain for over 30 minutes or turbidity is too extreme to see the bottom of the pool
- There is mechanical failure or pool chemicals are unbalanced.
- Bodily discharges such as a fecal release, blood or vomit, the pool will close for a minimum of 20 min, longer closures will be at the shift supervisor’s discretion based on quantity and dispersal.
- The number of swimmers in the water is less than 10 for at least an hour (low attendance is more likely on unseasonably cool days.)
No Refunds will be issued based on closures occurring after the session has opened.
Private Pool Parties
Friday: 5:15pm – 6:45pm Cost: $125 or 9:15pm - 11:00pm Cost: $175
Saturday: 5:15pm – 6:45pm Cost: $125 or 9:15pm – 11:00pm Cost: $175
Sunday: 5:15pm – 6:45pm Cost: $125
Pool Dress Code/Diapers
Swimsuits are required for swimming in Mountain Home Public Pool. Street clothes, undergarments, sweats, cut-offs etc. are not permitted in the pools. Children wearing diapers are welcome in the pool as long as they are wearing swim diapers.
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Explore Our Parks
Being healthy means access to the resources needed to live a healthy life, and many health resources are fundamentally dependent on the design of our neighborhood environments. Accessible and safe parks are one essential ingredient to a healthy neighborhood, providing a place to exercise, play, spend time with friends and neighbors or just relax. Are you planning a wedding, family gathering, party, special event or company picnic? The Mountain Home Parks and Recreation Department invites you to reserve any of our multi-purpose facilities, including picnic shelters, and athletic fields, for your event. Browse our parks to find the perfect fit for your event.
Park & Facility Reservations
Reserve a facility to ensure that it is available for your group outing. Reservations for all facilities may be made in-person at the Park and Recreation office, Mondays-Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are taken up to 365 days in advance on a first-come, first-served basis. A facility is not considered reserved until full payment is received.
Reservation Time Blocks
Secure a park facility in one or both of the following time periods:
- Time Block One 8:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.
- Time Block Two 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Time Block (All Day) 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Park & Facility Rules
- No tobacco allowed on park property
- Parks are open from 6am-10pm from April to October
- DO NOT Drive on Grass
- No Glass Containers
- No Alcohol after 9pm. Alcohol only allowed with a park reservation
- Pets must be leashed & cleaned up after. This applies only to parks that allow pets
- No Overnight Camping or Parking
- Park reservations have priority
- Keg permit is needed for any keg held on park grounds
- All neighborhood parks available for a FREE reservation
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The City of Mountain Home Recreation Department value our volunteers and view them as a dynamic part of a successful recreation program.
Basketball Coaches Corner
T-ball & Softball Coaches Corner
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2017-2018 St. Luke's Community Health Improvement Fund partnership - Better Together CHIF grants 2018 video
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The Mountain Home Skatepark has been an ongoing project since 2010 when an outside organization began actively seeking funds through competitions, concerts and other fund-raising techniques. The City of Mountain Home is HAPPY to announce the park is now completed and open to the public from dawn to dusk.
- This is an unsupervised park.
- Skateboards, bicycles, non-motorized scooters, and in-line skates only.
- No motor vehicles of any kind.
- Users are recommended to wear helmets, elbow pads and knee pads at all times.
- No smoking.
- No alcohol or drugs.
- No animals.
- No graffiti, stickers, or littering.
- Skate park hours are dawn to dusk– no exceptions unless authorized by the City of Mountain Home Parks & Recreation department.
- Keep food or drink on the perimeter of park.
- No glass allowed.
- Use of this skate park is at your own risk.
- Do not use facility if hazardous conditions exist. Report any damage/hazardous conditions to the Parks & Recreation office at (208)587-2112 or MHRec@mountain-home.us.
- Call 911 to report a crime of any kind.
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Coming Spring of 2021
The City of Mountain Home has a long history of providing and encouraging opportunities for the community to come together and support one another. From the annual Air Force Appreciation Day, Concerts and Movies in the Park, Community Canvas, Crazy Days, and many other large community gatherings. Although the city is growing, the small-town feel, and friendliness remains.
The Fresh Friday Farmers Market will gear local businesses to connect with the public to help build a great community event. Fresh Friday Farmers Market is a handmade community market, managed by the City of Mountain Home. The market is nestled in the heart of downtown in El Rancho Park plaza. At the market, one will find an variety of arts and crafts along with produce, herbs, flowers, woodwork, specialty food items and freshly prepared food.
Fresh Friday Farmers Market
The Fresh Friday Farmers Market is a local, handmade, community market, managed by the City of Mountain Home and the Market Manager. The market is nestled in the heart of downtown Mountain Home at the El Rancho Park plaza.
The market strives to provide an opportunity and sense of community that is beneficial to the public as well as the Vendor.
Fresh Friday Farmers Market
- 1st Friday in May through 3rd Friday in October from 4 to 8 p.m.
- No Market on the following holiday weekend (Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day)
Vendors: Farmers, processed food, prepared food, craft and artisan vendors, and non-profits (1x monthly)
All items/products must by handmade or grown by the seller
- Cost: $25/market per Vendor space
- Vendor application Deadline: March 1, 2021
All applications that are received by the date listed above will be considered for approval. If you are not approved during the first review, that does not exclude your application for the second or third review. Applications will remain under pending status until approved or the season ends. If a Vendor has a unique and one of a kind product or service, exceptions will be made for a quick approval to add variety and value to the market.
Market Manager Job description