Aquatics, Tumbling, Ball Games Keep Everyone Busy


Tumbling is back in the lineup and swimming promises to be better than ever at Rumsey Pool for the Payson Parks and Recreation's summer program.



Andromeda La Valley enjoyed the opportunity to take tumbling classes when they were offered by Payson Parks and Rec in the past.

The Pool at Rumsey Park, 504 N. McLane Road

Opening day at Taylor Pool is May 26 -- Memorial Day weekend -- and the pool will remain open through Sept. 3 - Labor Day weekend.

Open Swim:

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Entry fee $2 at gate; pool passes may be purchased in groups of 10 for $15 at the Parks and Recreation office, 1000 W. Country Club Dr. (Due to capacity limitations, patrons may have to wait to enter on busy days.)

Family swim:

A discounted rate of $5 per family will be charged at the gate on Friday and Sunday evenings.

Private rentals:

One-hour minimum use, cost includes lifeguards.

$60 up to 50 people.

$125 for 51 to 100 people.

$250 for 101 to 200 people.

Swim lessons:

9:30 a.m. to noon; and 5:20 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in two-week sessions. Morning classes are $25 for nine lessons. Evening lessons are $15 for four lessons.

For lap swimming, water aerobics, additional child aquatics classes and swim team, please call (928) 474-2774.

2nd Payson Sprint Triathlon

Saturday, June 9

Enter as a team or an individual.

The adult division is for anyone 15 and older and consists of a 500-yard swim, 15-mile bike ride and 5K run. The fee is $30 for individuals or $65 for a team.

The youth division is for 7- to 14-year-olds and consists of a 200-yard swim, 3-mile bike ride and 1.5-mile run. The fee is $15 for individuals and $30 for a team.

The pre-registration deadline is May 30. An additional $10 fee will be added to all registrations received after the deadline. Walk-up registrations will not be permitted.

Youth Sports

Summer Youth Tumbling for boys and girls ages 2 to 15: Classes are tailored by age group and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June at the Julia Randall Elementary School gym. Cost is $20 per child and includes a tumbling T-shirt. Register through May 25.

NFL Youth Flag Football for boys and girls ages 6 to 14: A fun opportunity for children to develop first phase player skills, with no tackling. Cost is $25 and includes and NFL team jersey. Register by July 27 for season that begins Aug. 27.

Girls Fast-Pitch Softball Mini-league for girls in grades five through eight: Games will be held at Rumsey III field two nights per week during September. The $25 cost per child includes a team T-shirt and end-of-season pizza party. Register July 16 through Aug. 10.

Summer Recreation Program

The program will be held at the Rim Country Middle School from July 7 through July 24 for children in grades three through eight. Participants will be split into two age groups for fun, cultural and physical activities and field trips led by certified teachers. The cost is $40 per child and includes a t-shirt, cost of supplies and field trips unless otherwise specified. Space is limited. Register from May 29 through June 22.

Adult Sports

Men's and Women's Slow-Pitch League (16 years and older): Recreation and competitive divisions will be offered as long as at least four teams sign up for each division. The $275 fee includes a tournament. Registration closes June 1. Games begin June 25.

4th Annual Home Run Derby (21 years and older): Men's or women's teams of three enter by Monday, July 1, pay the $45 entry fee and have a chance to win a derby trophy. The tournament takes place at 6 p.m., Friday, July 6 at Rumsey II ball field. The event is co-sponsored by the Mazatzal Casino. Each team will be playing for prize money that will be donated to the local non-profit of the team's choice. All players receive a t-shirt.

Equestrian Events

See separate story about these activities.



Game and Fish will not stock Green Valley Lake again until October, but there are still plenty of fish to be caught, though anyone over the age of 14 needs an Arizona urban fishing license with a trout stamp to catch them. Bag limits are four per day.

Game and Fish will not stock Green Valley Lake again until October, but there are fish to be caught, though anyone over the age of 14 needs an Arizona urban fishing license with a trout stamp to catch them. Bag limits are four per day.

Cultural and Co-sponsored Events

Concert Under the Stars

A variety of performers bring their talents to the band shell at Green Valley Park Saturday nights throughout the summer. See separate story for details.

Grape Train Escape on the Verde Canyon Railroad

Register by June 29 for this Aug. 3 adventure.

The four-hour evening ride in the first class section of the train includes spectacular scenery, a variety of five Arizona wines to taste and appetizers to eat.

The cost is $140 per person.

4th of July Fireworks and Family Fun Day

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Gunnysack races, tug-o-war and other games on the green in front of the stage at Green Valley Park.

Bring a blanket or a picnic basket or grab some food from one of the vendors.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Music by John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos

9 p.m.: Fireworks display over the lake.

(Editors note: Payson has awesome fireworks - and it is cool seeing them up close.)

World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo

Aug. 17 through Aug. 19 at the Payson Event Center

Contact the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at (928) 474-4515 for more information.

Northern Gila County Fair

Sept. 7 through Sept. 9

Contact Wendell Stevens at (928) 472-5734 for more information.

Demolition Derby

Sept. 9

Contact Nelson Beck at (928) 474-5242 ext. 306 for more information.


Ramada and field reservations can also be made through the Park's office at (928) 474-5242, Ext. 7.

Check out for more details or stop by the office at the West end of Green Valley Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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