Recreation Activities

Welcome to the Recreation Programs and Activities page.  The City of Helena offers families and individuals a wide variety of choices for fun!  In the summer we play in the parks, swim under the sun, put golf balls down greens and volley on the tennis courts.  In the winter we go ice skating, catch a show at the Civic Center, and cross-country ski at the golf course.  Please take some time to read the links below for more details; you’re bound to find something interesting to do.

Summer Recreation and Aquatic program schedules will be available April 1st and registration will open May 1st.

Baseball and Softball

Baseball and Softball

Helena provides plenty of baseball and softball leagues, here are a few:

Baseball:  Softball:
Babe Ruth/Cal Ripkin    Helena Softball Association (Adult Slow-pitch)
American Legion Baseball Helena Girls Softball Association

 

Bicycling

Bicycling

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.

 

Free Summer Day Camps: Kay’s Kids

Free Summer Day Camps: Kay’s Kids

The City of Helena Parks and Recreation partners with the non-profit Kay McKenna Youth Foundation to provide completely free summer day camps for kids.  We offer to different camps that rotate halfway through the summer between Barney Park and Memorial Park for children ages 6 & 7, and ages 8 & 9.  Children rotate throughout Helena’s wonderful parks with their age group so that they may experience a variety of activities, like pickleball, golf, swimming, science experiments and more.  Each week has a different theme, so no two weeks of camp are the same!

Registration is required for all participants in the program.  Parents may register their child online or call the Recreation Department.  You can find more information and program dates at our online registration site on May 1st when registration for the first week is open.

The City of Helena Parks and Recreation also partner with the Munchtana Food Program to provide free lunches for the campers and Helena’s youth.

Day camps are held two different parks, please check to see where your child’s camp is scheduled to be every week.

Barney Park Shelter                                  1950 Cleveland

Memorial Park Warming House                1105 Last Chance Gulch

If you are interested in donating to the Kay McKenna Youth Foundation, please visit their website.

Golf

Golf

Bill Roberts Golf Course

Established in 1925, Bill Roberts Golf Course is a great place to connect with friends, play golf and have fun.  The 18-hole, 6,782-yard championship course is beautifully maintained providing a park-like setting right in the center of Montana’s capital city.  In addition to the course, they offer a driving range, practice green, 3 indoor golf simulators, PGA instruction, full-service golf shop and brand-new bar and grille. 

You can visit their website  for rates, tee times, events a grille menu and more.

Lakes

Lakes

Canyon Ferry

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

Hauser Lake is a 3,200-acre reservoir on the Missouri River created by Hauser Dam.  The lake yields rainbow, brown trout, walleye, perch and Kokanee salmon; for which it holds the state record.  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.

Holter Lake

Holter Lake is in west central Montana near Helena with well-maintained campgrounds available.  It is in an open, grassy area near the shore of Holter Lake surrounded by sparsely wooden hills.  There is a prairie dog town just down the road and food service within proximity of these BLM sites.

Lake Helena

Lake Helena is open to day use, walk-in access year long.  The road from the kiosk to the lake (approximately 80 meters) is open for hand-launching of boats from September 1st to the end of waterfowl season (usually the middle of January).  All vehicles must park at the kiosk parking lot.  Pets must always be on a leash or under voice control.  These restrictions are to help minimize disturbance to winter resting waterfowl, spring/summer nesting, brood-rearing and molting of waterfowl and shorebirds. 

Park Lake

Park Lake Campground and Park Lake Fishing Access are two sites located on the same lake in the Helena National Forest in southwest Montana.  At an elevation of 6,500 feet, the site encompasses 10 acres.  Park Lake Campground sits back slightly from the 3.5-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 and there are plenty of scenic hiking trails. 

Spring Meadow Lake

This urban, day-use-only park is minutes from Helena is a popular spot for afternoons of swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, fishing and bird watching.  When you tire of the beach, walk the park’s easy nature trail that circles the lake and is home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.  In winter, you can still stroll along the trail and ice skate on the lake.

Memorial Park Warming House and Ice Rinks

Memorial Park Warming House and Ice Rinks

The Memorial Park Ice Rink is a cozy place to rent some skates, enjoy a hot chocolate and ice skate under the twinkling lights.  The ice rink hours are always weather dependent, so call the ice-line 443-8774 or check Facebook for current conditions.  Please keep in mind that we are required to keep the patron load to 50 people and the warming house will be closed.

Hours of Operation:                                        Daily Admission Fees:
                                                                        (Skate Rental included with admission)

Thursday: 4-8pm                                            

Friday: 4-8pm                                                  Ages 0-3: Free!

Saturday: 11am – 8pm                                    Ages 6-17: $2.00

Sunday: 12-6pm                                              Ages 18+: $2.50

We have extended hours when school is out.

Professional Ice-Skating Lessons:                              Ice Skating Lesson Pricing:

Wed, Thurs, Friday 11am - Parent & Tot Class            Both Group and Private Classes are Available

Wed, Thurs, Friday 12pm - Adults Only                      $20 per group lessons

All Skating Levels for Ages 6 & Up                            $30 per private lesson

Wed, Thurs, Fri 4:30pm, 5pm, 6pm                              $80 for a five pack (5th lesson free)

Saturday: 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am

Sunday: 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm

Registration for ice skating lessons is available exclusively onlineClick Here to Register.  Lessons are run through the Fireworks Skating Adademy.  If you have any questions about the skating program please email craig@fireworkssm.com.

Community Curling Events

A free and family-fun event at Memorial Park Ice Rink.  Last Chance Curling Club will be hosting a learn to curl community event.  Please plan on wearing sensible shoes and a mask.  Everyone in your party must register to participate as we are required to keep groups to 25 or less this season.  Click here to register.

January 10th 10:00am-11:30am

January 10th 11:00am - 1:00pm

February 7th 10:00am-11:30am

February 7th 11:30am-1:00pm

Come Play Broomball

Every Friday night pick-up games for all ages from 7-8pm.  It’s like hockey but without the skates!  Wear your tennis shoes, dress warm and join us for a pick-up game.

Note

  • We have limited skate rentals, particularly larger sizes.

  • We close as needed due to poor ice conditions.

  • If the west gate is unlocked, the ice is available for public use.  If it is 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.  The rinks are open from dawn to dusk.  You must bring all your own gear and share the ice with other skaters.  The rinks are flooded in the mornings, weather permitting, so please avoid using the ice while it is freezing.

Cunningham Park : 1234 Floweree St.

Lincoln Park : 1800 N Roberts St.

*Unfortunately we are unable to host parties this season.

 

Parks and Recreation Online Guide - Summer 2021

Parks and Recreation Online Guide - Summer 2021

Check out our Helena Parks and Recreation Guide for Summer 2021.  Click here to view the online version.  It's what's happening in Helena!

Pickleball

Pickleball

Pickleball Lessons!  Classes are held at the Civic Center Courts - Equipment Provided. 

Register Online Here! or call 447-8077 starting May 1st.  

Session 1: June 15th - June 24th

Session 2: July 6th - July 15th

Tuesday & Thursday 

5-30pm-6:30pm

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America as more and more people are discovering the fun and challenge of the sport.  In Helena participation increased 60% in the last year alone.  Part of the appeal of pickleball is the ability to play competitive games with others with minimal instruction.  As a player learns new skills and gains more experience the fun increases too.  Pickleball is one of the few sports in which juniors can easily participate with adults making it an outstanding family activity.  Open to ages 12 and up.

 

Sasquatch Hunt

Sasquatch Hunt

A ten-foot-tall Sasquatch has been spotted on open lands.  From 09/11/2020 through 11/20/2020 Sasquatch will be moving through Helena's trails for an eleven week long, city wide scavenger hunt.

WHO knows where Sasquatch will be every week?  No one knows for sure, but the Helena Parks and Recreation team is out on the trails and has a pretty good idea when he’s on the move.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact them: 406-447-8077

WHAT should I do if I find him?  Take a selfie!  And don’t forget to tag @HelenaParksRecreation and use the hashtag #SQUATCHOUT to enter our photo contest.

WHEN is Sasquatch on the move?  Typically, he likes to find a new trail on Fridays to make everyone’s weekend adventures a bit more interesting.  Check our social media every week to get clues on where he’s off to next.

WHERE do I start?  Try downloading an app or visiting a website like AllTrails.com that has information on popular hikes and trailhead locations around Helena.  Basecamp has paper maps for sale if that’s more your style.  Once you are on the trails, markers will direct you, making it easy to stay on the course you’ve chosen.  If you’ve never hiked or biked before, getting started doesn’t need to be intimidating.  Remember that everyone is there to enjoy themselves so don’t worry about the destination and enjoy the journey! 

WHY should I participate?  Sasquatch knows Helena’s open lands better than anyone.  Pay attention to where he’s been and try to figure out where he’s going.  You will find brand new trails you didn’t know existed before – maybe even a new favorite.  No tickets, entry fee or reservation needed to participate – get outside and have some fun!

Skatepark

Skatepark

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, one has a step at the top, another has a rail that is two feet high.  Use of the park is free to everyone.

Located at Centennial Park, 1200 N Last Chance Gulch

Tennis

Tennis

Youth & Adult Tennis Lessons

Session 1:

June 14th - July 7th

Session 2:

July 19th - August 11th

Monday - Thursday (Excluding the final Thursday of the session)

9:35am - 10:20am: Lob Launchers (ages 5-8)

10:25am - 11:20am: Ace Achievers - New Players (ages 9-11)

11:25am - 12:00pm: Ace Achievers - Returning Players (ages 9-11)

12:45pm - 1:30pm: Middle School Smashers (ages 12-14)

1:35pm - 2:35pm: Youth Intermediate/Advanced (ages 12-18)

Monday & Wednesday

6:00pm - 7:00pm: Adult and High School Beginners

7:00pm - 8:30pm: Adult Intermediate/Advanced & HS Varsity

Helena Parks and Recreation offers tennis lessons for all ages throughout the summer.  We also offer punch cards if drop in lessons work better for you.  Check the online registration site for program dates and class descriptions.

Summer classes are taught by USPTA Pro Tom Banks.  Tom has over 50 years of tennis experience.  Classes take place at Civic Center tennis courts (Bill Scribner Courts).

Parks with Tennis Courts

Barney Park :                     4 courts, also lined for pickleball

Civic Center Park :            4 courts

Lockey Park :                     4 courts

Mountain View Park :        1 court

Courts are available for online reservation

Yoga in the Park

Yoga in the Park

In partnership with Free Range Yoga Project, Helena Parks and Recreation hosts outdoor yoga in the parks and on the trails.  Check out Free Range Yoga Project’s events for a full listing of free and affordable yoga classes.