Bannock County (Idaho) Commissioner Steve Brown speaks Thursday (Sept. 26) morning during the groundbreaking of a planned county RV park at the Bannock County Event Center in Pocatello. Shaun Menchaca, president and CEO of Portneuf Health Trust, stands in the background, holding plans for the project.

The Bannock County (Idaho) Event Center and Wellness Complex is on track to host about 1,450 events of varying sizes this year, according to the Idaho State Journal.

County officials expect that heading forward, they’ll land some of the larger types of events that have eluded them in the past, thanks to a forthcoming expansion and overhaul of the RV park located at the facility.

County leaders and other public supporters gathered at the event center Thursday (Sept. 26) morning for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the project, made possible by a $750,000 grant awarded in June 2018 by the Idaho Parks and Recreation Department.

The expansion will add 69 new RV sites, including 46 that will be pull-through and four sites that meet accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All sites will have full sewer, water and power hookups.

Plans also call for an ADA-compliant bathhouse, with 1,500 square feet of space, seven showers and several toilet stalls.

A gravel overflow parking area will be built to accommodate 30 vehicles, and Fairgrounds Road has been widened. A second sewer is also planned.

Bannock County Commissioner Steve Brown said the upgrades should help make the facility revenue neutral.

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