Parks & Rec Has Full Menu Of Activities


There's not much snow in the Rim country, but if a downpour of the white stuff arrives anytime soon, the Town Parks & Recreation Department has a fun ski and snowshoe trip tentatively scheduled for Feb. 19.

Recreation coordinator Beth Kreider says the trip will be a great day of outdoor fun that will be limited to the first 20 people who register. The fee is $20 and includes transportation, skis, boots and poles (or snowshoes) and a one-day trail pass at Forest Lakes Touring Center. The trails to be covered are to the top of the Mogollon Rim, where views are breathtaking.

Wanta go? Think snow.
Also on the P&R agenda is a newly-organized "Walk Your Way To Fitness" program at Green Valley Park. According to Kreider, participants set their own distance goals, then collect prizes as rewards.

One mile of walking will earn you a souvenir mug, 250 miles is worth a T-shirt and 500-mile trippers pick up sweatshirts. If you're really into walking, fleece jackets are prizes for the 1,000-mile club.

The fee is $15 for each distance goal chosen.

The younger set
Youngsters haven't been left out of the P&R agenda. A pair of camps -- wrestling and tumbling -- will be held next month.

The wrestling camp is for children in grades two through six and will begin on March 2 and continue until April 1. The sessions are held each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Payson High School wrestling room. Longhorn coach Dennis Pirch and his staff will instruct.

The program is limited to the first 50 youngsters who sign up. Registration deadline is Feb. 26 or until the class fills. The fee is $15 per child.

The tumbling camp will accept children in grades K-6 and will begin March 2 and continue until April 1. Sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is limited to the first 50 who sign up. The fee is $15 per participant.

Kicking it around
The Recreation Department will conduct a sign-up for a local youth soccer league (ages 10-15) from Feb. 15-19. League games will be played in March and April. The fee is $20 per player. Kreider warns that late registrants will be placed on a team only if space permits.

Green Valley Park's lakes will be periodically stocked with rainbow trout through May. Some anglers have been having good success there.

The park is included in the Arizona Game and Fish Urban Fishing Program and special licenses are required for all individuals age 14 and older. The licenses are available where regular fishing permits are sold. The bag limit is four fish per day, or two for children under 14.

Net play
If tennis is your game, don't overlook joining the Payson Tennis Club, which now boasts of about 40 members and is growing. The club's goal is simple -- to promote tennis in our community.

The club has done some nice things, including sponsoring two youth tennis days last summer in which local kids where given rackets, lessons and lunch.

The club has a web site at

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