Youth Program Changes Format

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The town-sponsored summer youth recreation program has undergone a facelift.

The program is being held at the Julia Randall Elementary School rock building and a new, "free play" format are among the changes to this highly popular summer program.

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The Payson Parks and Recreation summer youth program was held June 22 at Rumsey Park. Among the games the youth participated in was dodge ball. Jordyn Fruth got in on the action by getting an opponent out on this hard toss.

The program was moved from the Rim Country Middle School gym because it is under construction.

This summer, participants must register with the parks and recreation department and pay a $25 recreation fee that includes a T-shirt.

In previous years, the program allowed drop-ins and no charges for the services.

Also, a variety of organized activities including basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, badminton, golf, tennis, craft projects and even movies are available to participants.

"Those are the big changes, it's more organized than we had in the past," town recreation specialist Charlene Hunt said.

The hours have also been shortened to 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The program tipped off June 13 and will wrap up July 13.

Mary Wolfe heads the program that for so many years was overseen by Chuck Hardt and Bruce Haught. Wolfe has a core of six summer employees to assist.

According to Hunt, the changes have been well-received and the program continues to be as popular as it has been since its inception almost two decades ago.

For more information or to register for the program, call Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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