Parks And Rec Plans Plethora Of Activities

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There will be an abundance of springtime activities to tickle the athletic desires of young and old alike, thanks in part to the Town Parks and Recreation Department.


The upcoming offerings of P&R will soon be detailed in the 2000 Town Activity Guide which is being finalized by Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider.


When the guides are completed, probably in February, they will be available at the P&R offices located at Green Valley Park.


Spring recreational activities for youths include basketball tournaments, tumbling camp, wrestling camp, baseball skills competition, T-ball, softball and soccer.


For adults, there will be men's and women's basketball leagues and a coed softball league.


Special events include an Easter Egg scramble and a hike north to the old railroad tunnel. Also on the slate are the annual wildlife fair, fishing fest and lifeguard training for those who might wish to seek employment at a public pool this summer.


About the only scheduling glitch Kreider is still working through involves wrestling and baseball.

She is trying to slate the youth wrestling camp so it doesn't conflict with the beginning of Little League baseball practices.


Originally, the wrestling camp was March 7 to 30, but those dates may change, Kreider said.


Most youth sport registration periods will be in March or April except for soccer sign-ups for youngsters ages 8 to 15 years. That registration period is on the agenda for Feb. 14 to 25.


Those who sign up after the deadline will be placed on teams only if roster space permits, Kreider said. The fee is $20 per player which includes a T-shirt and team pizza party.


Games will be played in April and May, mostly on Saturdays. Some, however, might be held weekdays after school hours.


Fledgling soccer players ages 4 to 7 will have to wait until fall to participate in the sport.


Last year, due to limited field space, soccer was split into two seasons -- spring and fall.


Those interested in participating in men's and women's basketball must register by 5 p.m. today (Jan. 28), if they want to avoid paying late fees that could be tacked on to the $360 team registration.


The team-fee includes a season-ending tournament as well as regulation play.

Take a hike

New in the list of P&R spring offerings is the eight-mile hike to the Tunnel to Nowhere.


Located partway up the Mogollon Rim, construction of the 70 foot tunnel began in 1883. It was originally intended to be a part of the Mineral Belt Railroad from Flagstaff to Southern Arizona, but neither the tunnel nor railroad was completed.


Because the jaunt is rated moderately difficult, Kreider is recommending participants be in good health and accustomed to physical activity. Also, hikers must bring their own water and sack lunch for the trail.


The fee is $10 per person which includes transportation and a light snack and beverage at the trailhead following the excursion.


The trip is limited to the first 10 registrations. The deadline is April 14.

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