Thursday, November 10, 2011

Meridell Park

For years, many people driving into Pocatello from the South have passed this structure and wondered what it was. Thanks to NKA, the mystery is solved: it's Meridell Park.
Meridell Park's current owner, Dale Kirkham, presented a history of the Park, complete with a slide show.
Built in the early 1900s, Meridell Park was originally a dance pavilion that was so popular that shuttles carrying partiers ran constantly from downtown Pocatello out to the 5th Avenue site. Over time, the buildings fell into disrepair, despite several efforts to revive and repurpose the structures.
Dale and other members of the Kirkham family have undertaken a renovation of the grounds and the remaining structures.
After his presentation, Dale invited NKA members to visit the Park and see for themselves how it is being restored. Dale proudly pointed out his vintage tractor collection, now housed on the Meridell grounds.
There are several websites devoted to Meridell Park's history. Here's a link to one of them: