Volunteers Make Progress On Multi-Event Center Site

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On the weekend of March 6-7, 17 volunteers worked at various tasks at the Payson Multi-Event Center site. Several worked at laying down 1400 feet of river rock in a curb along the new Green Valley Parkway. Others finished dragging previously cut limbs and brush to the "chipping" machine. And others worked on removing and stacking tree stumps or thinning out the additional brush with chain saws.

All of the work going on in a wooded area of approximately 4 acres is in an effort to create a park-like environment that will serve as a contestant and/or overflow parking area.

During March 1 - 12, Tom Loomis of ASL Engineering put many hours of work into two important documents. The first was the ProRodeo Committee's formal recommendation for the facility's roping and rodeo related layout of gates, chutes, pens, etc. The second document was a redesigned detention basin plan for the facility. There was a need to modify the original plan, and the result was that a new blue print with new ground cuts and a new shape needed to be created on the computer CAD program in order to meet the originally engineered water volume requirements for the basin.

On March 11, Reese Randall of Intermountain West Civil Constructors, spent 14 hours working with his scraper blade and Roy Haught's bulldozer to dig and shape the new detention basin. Having the detention basin dug was a major concern. In the event of a heavy rainstorm, it has a capacity of 33,170 cubic feet of runoff water from the parking lot, main arena and practice arena areas. Reese will also soon be installing 80 feet of 24-inch culvert as a metering release pipe.

On March 13 - 14, 17 members of the 4-H Rim Riders, Payson Junior Rodeo Queen Court, and the Horsemen's Association, and 11 members of the Rodeo Committee picked up about 500 pounds of broken glass and 800 pounds of old rusted metal items out of the wooded area. Tree and bush trimming and dragging and the piling of brush also continued.

As always, Sunstate Equipment Company, Gila Redi-Mix, the Tonto Apache Tribal Market and Macky's Grill lent us their support. Also Bob and Ruth Klaver have been bringing their tractor with Gannon blade out every weekend.

The multi-event center project is a large project on a big piece of land. We are making progress towards completion, slowly but at a steady pace. If you know any of the people who have been volunteering their time and efforts toward this project, please stop and say "Thank You" to them. They are helping to create something that all of us will one day soon be able to enjoy.

Without their help and positive spirit, this project wouldn't be happening.

Barry Cardinael,
Multi-Event Center Coordinator

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