Recreation Roundup


Barbecue activities limited to grills

All barbecue activities conducted in any public park in Payson are limited to propane or gas grills.

Do not feed the ducks and geese

Did you know that feeding waterfowl unnatural foods like bread and popcorn is dangerous to them?

It may seem like a harmless thing to do, but artificial feeding can cause poor nutrition, spread of disease, wing deformities, water pollution, delayed migration, unnatural behavior, costly management efforts, increased hybridization, and death.

Believe it or not, they have all the food and nutrition they need in the park with worms and bugs that live in grass. Please help us maintain healthy waterfowl and cleaner park facilities.

Instead of feeding them, opt for using a camera or binoculars to get up close to the waterfowl.

Home Run Derby set for July 6

Enter your men's or women's team of three in the Home Run Derby for $45 by Monday, July 2.

All players 21 years of age and older are invited to participate in this event, sponsored by Mazatzal Casino and Payson Parks and Recreation. Tournament will take place at the Rumsey II ball field starting at 6 p.m., Friday, July 6. Each team will be playing for prize money, which will be donated to a local nonprofit organization of their choice.

All players will receive a T-shirt and trophies will be awarded.

Dog behavior workshop to be held June 30

Leader of the Pack Corp. will present a dog behavior workshop from 4 to 9 p.m., June 30.

If you would like a clearer understanding of the reasons behind your dog's undesirable behaviors and solutions for those behaviors, then this workshop is for you. Fulfillment for dogs, sanity for humans is our goal. We achieve this through leadership and the formula of exercise, discipline then affection as prescribed by Cesar Millan of "The Dog Whisperer" fame.

We will begin by discussing dog psychology and the importance of leadership in your relationship with your dog. We then teach you how to walk your dog (not be walked by your dog) to establish leadership.

This is followed by addressing your individual problems, and providing solutions that fit your lifestyle. We will simulate or set up the situations that concern you, and either fix them on the spot or come up with a protocol you can continue when you go home.

We will continue with questions and answers, demonstrating when needed. Auditors are included in this question/answer portion. We won't quit until you're satisfied.

The fee to pre-register is $125 per pair and $25 for spectators will be collected at the door.

Sign up at the Payson Parks and Recreation office at Green Valley Park, or online at

Space still available in Youth Summer Recreation program

Space is still available for sixth- through eighth-graders in Session II of the youth summer recreation program.

Children entering grades 6-8 can still register for the 2007 Summer Recreation Program, being offered this summer at the Rim Country Middle School. The Summer Recreation Program will include two age groups, third through sixth and sixth through eighth, led by certified teachers, and will incorporate fun physical and cultural activities, along with occasional field trips.

Session II meets Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to noon for three weeks -- July 9-26.

The cost is $40 per session per child, which includes a T-shirt and covers the cost of required supplies and field trips, unless otherwise specified.

Register your child today for an exciting, active and social way to spend part of the summer in Payson.

Advance registration is required. This is not a drop-in program.

Space is limited, so don't forget to register early.

Barrel, pole bending series held each Wednesday

Payson Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a Wednesday night barrel and pole bending series through July.

The books open at 5:30 p.m. with competitions starting at 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is $5 per run.

This is a progressive format, so there are no age groups.

Awards will be presented July 25 and will be based on a point system.

Call Charlene Hunt at 474-5242, ext. 260.

Monday Night Lights on for evening horseback riding

This is an adults-only (18 and older) leisure riding event. The arena will be lighted and open to all registered participants from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

The fee is $3 per night or you can buy a summer pass for $20. The arena will be dark on Monday, Aug. 20 following the spring and August rodeos. Registration will begin April 2 at the Parks and Recreation office. Call Charlene Hunt at 474-5242, ext. 260.

Turn and Burn series begins in August

Parks and Recreation will sponsor a Wednesday night progressive barrel and pole bending series in August and September, beginning Aug. 8. The books open at 5:30 p.m. with the races starting at 6:30 p.m. This is a progressive format, so there are no age groups.

The entry fee is $5 per event. Call 474-5242, ext. 260.

Concerts Under the Stars held each Saturday

Bring your lawn chair and picnic baskets and enjoy live entertainment for free.

A variety of musical entertainment will entice people of all ages. Concerts will be played from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater.

This Saturday will feature Junction 87, playing classic country.

This is a free event sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

Arizona Diamondbacks summer camps open to ages 6 to 12

The Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center is returning to Payson for another summer camp at Rumsey Park. Register your child age 6 to 12 for either baseball or fast-pitch softball camp, which will be held from 8 to 11 a.m., July 9 through July 13.

Cost of the camp is $150, which includes 15 hours of instruction, the new Sedona Red hat and a T-shirt.

Call (800) 821-7152 to register.

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