Recreation Programs and Activities
Welcome to the Recreation Programs and Activities page. The City of Helena is excited to offer families and individuals a wide variety of choices for outdoor fun! Helena’s cold winters allow us to ice skate, cross country and downhill ski. In the summer we play in the parks, swim under the sun, put golf balls down the greens, and volley tennis balls on the court. Please take some time to explore the links below for more details; you’re bound to find something interesting to do. Enjoy!
For more information you can also like us on Facebook at Helena Parks and Recreation!
Join the local bicycle club or ride alone with family and friends on one of the many trails in Helena. Helena is a Silver Level Ride Center as recognized by the International Mountain Biking Association.
Check out our community partner Bike Helena's webpage for trail maps, suggested rides, and all things biking.
Visit Bike Walk Helena's website to learn more about existing cycling and pedestrian infrastructure and community efforts to make the city more bike-friendly.
Memorial Park Warming House and Ice Rink
CLOSED FOR SEASON
No post season party rentals at this time due to sewer issue.
Hours of operation:
Daily Admission Fees:
(skate rental included with admission)
Ages 0-5: Free!
Ages 6-17: $1.00
Ages 18+: $1.50
Come Play Broomball
Every Friday night pick games for all ages from 7-8 pm.
It's like hockey but without ice skates! Wear your tennis shoes, dress warm, and join us for a pick up game!
Hosting a party?
Currently the warming house is not available for rental as there is a sewer issue that cannot be fixed until warmer weather. Sorry for the inconvenience.
We have limited skate rentals, particularly larger sizes.
We close as needed due to poor ice conditions. Call the ice-line 443-8774 or check Facebook for current conditions.
If the west gate is unlocked, the ice is available for public use, but if it's locked, the rink is closed for maintenance so please stay off the ice.
Unattended Ice Rinks
Unattended ice rinks are located at Cunningham Park and Lincoln Park. Both rinks are open from dawn to dusk only. You must bring all of your own gear (none is provided at these two sites), and SHARE the ice with other skaters.
These two rinks are flooded in the mornings (weather permitting), so please avoid using the ice while it is freezing - this will allow the ice to be in great condition for everyone.
|Cunningham Park||1234 Floweree St|
|Lincoln Park||1800 N Roberts St|
Canyon Ferry has become one of Montana's foremost recreation areas because of its proximity to Helena, Great Falls and Butte. The reservoir covers 25 miles and there are 24 Bureau of Reclamation maintained recreation sites around the reservoir. There is east access to the reservoir from US Highway 12 east of Helena or just north of Townsend.
Hauser Lake is a 3,200 acre reservoir on the Missouri River created by Hauser Dam. The lake yields Kokanee Salmon; for which it holds the state record, rainbow and brown trout, walleye and perch. It is an extremely popular take-off point for weekend boating, fishing, and water skiing. There are two scenic public campgrounds on Hauser Lake, White Sandy and a few yards further Black Sandy State Park.
Holter Lake is located in west central Montana near Helena. There are well maintained campgrounds available. It is in an open, grassy area near the shore of Holter Lake surrounded by sparsely wooded hills, There is a prairie dog town just down the road and food service within close proximity of these BLM sites.
Lake Helena is open to day-use, walk-in access yearlong and the following restrictions are to help minimize disturbance to winter resting waterfowl, spring/summer nesting, brood-rearing and molting of waterfowl and shorebirds. The road from the kiosk to the lake (approximately 80 meters) is open for hand-launching of boats from September 1 to the end of waterfowl season (usually the middle of January.) All vehicles MUST park at the kiosk parking lot. Pets MUST be on a leash or under complete voice control at all times.
Park Lake Campground and Park Lake Fishing Access are actually two sites located on the same lake in the Helena National Forest in southwest Montana. At an elevation of 6500 feet, the site encompasses 10 acres. Park Lake Campground sits back slightly from the 3 1/2 acre alpine lake in a lodge pole timber forest. There is boating access but no boats with motors are allowed on the lake. The boat launch is carry-in. Fishing is permitted on the lake. Hiking may also be enjoyed in this scenic area.
Spring Meadow Lake
This urban, day-use-only park minutes from Helena fed by natural springs, is a popular spot for family afternoons of swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, fishing, bird watching, and pure play. When you tire of the beach, walk the park’s easy nature trail that circles the lake, home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. In winter, you can still stroll along the trail and, if it’s cold enough, ice-skate on the lake.
Last Chance Splash Waterpark & Pool
Located at Memorial Park, 1203 North Last Chance Gulch.
Class times and descriptions are available on the registration page.
Exercise Classes & Activites
Visit the pool's Exercise web page for a schedule and additional information.
Located at Centennial Park, 1200 N Last Chance Gulch.
Skate a 10,000-square-foot, Alltec-designed skate park that features quarter pipe corners with flat bank hips, two different gaps with ledges, a pyramid with a square tube rail, and five benches. One of the benches has a curved edge, one is sloping, another has a step at the top, and yet another has a rail that is two feet high. Use of the park is free to everyone.
Youth & Adult Tennis Lessons
Summer classes are taught by USPTA Pros Tom Banks and Kevin Eby.
Tom has over 50 years of tennis experience, and Kevin has coached men's and women's tennis at the collegiate level and played in professional satellite events.
Where:Civic Center tennis courts (Bill Scribner Courts)
When: Check the online registration for program dates.
Class descriptions & fees are also available on the registration page.