Phs Track Will Be Re-Surfaced

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Those using the Payson High School all-weather track for jogging or exercise will need to find a new location March 6 to 16.

During those 10 days the track and access to the football field will be closed so that a resurfacing of the facility can be completed.

The PHS track was originally completed in the summer of 2003 with funds from the Credit for Kids tax program and a sizable donation from the Tonto Apache Tribe. Payson's first meet on the state-of-the-art surface was held March 12, 2003, against Snowflake.

Since then it has hosted a myriad of track and field competitions, including regional championships and the Hershey youth meets.

The facilities are also used by ig school and Rim Country Middle School physical education classes.

The five years of almost constant wear and tear having taken their toll on the surface.

But when the upcoming reconditioning is finished, the track should be as good as new.

The resurfacing is being paid for with Credit for Kids funds.

Second annual derby on deck

In an effort to meet its goal of aiding and encouraging the development of youth, the Payson Optimist club last spring joined forces with the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department, Arizona Game and Fish Department and Payson Community Christian School to host the inaugural Kids Fishing Festival.

Despite inclement weather, the derby was a huge success when 275 young anglers signed up.

Dennis Pirch, a Payson Roundup outdoors columnist, and Tracy Purtee were on hand to lend fishing tips and administer skill tests.

Because the pair have been fishing Arizona lakes for about as long as any angler in the state, having the two available was a special treat for young fishing enthusiasts.

Also participating were state Game and Fish instructors, who hosted fishing classes and clinics.

Among them were Doug Thornberg, the head of fisheries education, along with local officers Henry Apfel, David Daniels and John Dickson.

Capt. John Wisner of the Diamond Star Fire Department provided a special treat by creating balloon characters that were given away during the day.

Following the derby, organizers promised the event would become an annual event.

Living up to their word, a second Optimist Fishing Festival will be held 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12 at Green Valley Park. A fishing license is not required for registered participants all the events are free. Food booths, however, will have breakfast and lunch items on sale.

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