Participation has slowed in the town-sponsored Summer Recreation Program at the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.
Most summers, 50 to 60 kids crowd into the gymnasium for a bevy of recreational activities.
Last week, only a handful of youngsters showed up to participate.
This year, the program is missing its most popular attractions -- bumper pool, foosball, ping pong and other table games.
About the only activities remaining are basketball, softball and any team games that can be played on the gymnasium floor or outside.
The problems that slowed the program to a crawl began in early June just as the program was about to open.
Due to construction that was to convert the stage -- where table games are housed -- into a classroom, recreation leaders Bruce Haught, Chuck Hardt and Cheri Brennen were told they could use the gym floor area only and they had to be extra cautious due to the dangers presented by the construction.
Officials decided not to move the table games onto the gym floor because of the hazards presented by the construction.
However, at press time, construction had not begun in the RCMS gym and the stage is left standing strangely vacant.
Town officials plan to continue the scaled-down program until July 30. It's open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and there is no admission or registration.
Word from Phil Gille is that a coed recreational soccer program is starting up in the Rim country. At 4 p.m. each Sunday and at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, the group gathers at Rumsey Park for pick-up games. There is no fee or registration and play is open to all ages. If you're interested, show up either or both days.
Local motorcyclist Jimmy Vickers says he wants to thank the sponsors who have made it possible for him to begin what he hopes is a future in professional motorcross racing.
In motorcross, Vickers says, there are no scholarships to receive or colleges to attend but he plans on excelling in the sport and someday making a living at it.
He is currently a junior level competitor in a series that is on-going at Canyon Off-Road Park, Speedworld, Ocotillo, Sierra Vista and Globe.
Jimmy hopes to travel to even bigger events out of state before the racing season comes to an end. It's his goal to get more exposure and earn a factory sponsorship from one of the major monocycle companies.
Currently Roy Haught Excavating, NAPA Auto Parks, Kevin Kincaid and Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants are his major sponsors.
Anyone interested in helping Jimmy continue in his career should call him at 474-9290.
The Payson Pikes swim team will host Cottonwood beginning at 8 a.m. July 17 at Taylor Pool. There is no admission charge for spectators.
Currently, the team sports more than 100 local swimmers.
Call the Parks and Recreation Department at 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.