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Payson Sprint Triathlon

Join us for the second annual Payson Sprint Triathlon Saturday, June 9. The adult division is for anyone over 15 years of age and will consist of a 500-yard swim, 15-mile bike ride and 5K run. The youth division is for anyone 7 to 14 years of age and will consist of a 200-yard swim, 3-mile bike ride and 1-1/2-mile run.

Enter as a team or an individual. If your registration form is received by May 30 the fee for adults is $30/individual or $65/team; the fee for youth is $15/individual or $30/team. An additional $10 will be charged for all registrations received after the pre-registration deadline. Walk up registrations will not be permitted.

Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information.

Slow-pitch Softball League

Registration for men's and women's softball continues through June 1. Recreation and competitive divisions will be offered as long as a minimum of four teams sign-up for each division. The fee is $275 per team, which includes a tournament. Games begin on June 25. All participants must be at least 16 years of age and ASA slow-pitch rules will be observed.

Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information.

Arizona Diamondbacks Summer Camps

The Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center is returning to Payson for another Summer Camp at Rumsey Park. Register your child, age 6-12, for either Baseball or Fast-Pitch Softball Camp, which will be held 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. from July 9-13.

Cost of the camp is $150, which includes 15 hours of instruction, the new Sedona Red hat and a T-shirt. Call 1-800-821-7152 to register.

7D Progressive Barrel and Pole Bending Series

Parks and Recreation will sponsor a Wednesday night barrel and pole bending series in May, June and July at the Payson Event Center.

The books will open at 5:30 p.m., with competitions starting at 6:30 p.m. The 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.

For more information, call Charlene Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 260.

Youth Summer Recreation Program

Register until May 18* for Session 1 and June 22 for Session 2.

Children entering grades 3-8 can register for one or both sessions of the 2007 Summer Recreation Program, being offered at the Rim Country Middle School. The Summer Recreation Program will be split into two age groups, led by certified teachers, and will incorporate fun physical and cultural activities, along with occasional field trips. Both sessions meet Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon for three weeks.

Session 1 is June 5-26; Session 2 is July 7-24.

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 register early.

  • While registration for Session 1 officially closed May 18, call the parks department to see if any space might be available. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 by 5 p.m. Monday, June 4.

Outdoor grilling

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

Please 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, the waterfowl at the parks have all the food and nutrition they need 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.

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