Taylor Pool has long been the hot spot to cool off during the warm summer months.
That won't change anytime soon.
The pool was available for open swimming (1 to 5 p.m.) May 24 and a full slate of activities will tip off June 2.
Summer hours will end July 29, but a special extended season is on tap for July 30 to Sept. 1.
Keeping Taylor open and running during the latter summer months is always a challenge for the parks and recreation department because most lifeguards are either high school or college students and must return to classes in late July or early August.
This season, Taylor offerings will include swim lessons, swim team, lap swim, family time and the highly popular water aerobics.
Hundreds of Rim Country children have learned to swim at Taylor Pool and have gone on to become Pike team members, lifeguards, swim instructors and even pool managers.
Austin White is probably the greatest example of someone who used Taylor as a springboard to success.
After learning to swim there, he became a lifeguard, a swim team coach, aerobics instructor, pool manager and then a wild animal trainer at San Diego SeaWorld.
Last fall, he turned in his SeaWorld wetsuit to train dolphins and sea lions for a national defense contractor in San Diego.
During a return trip to his hometown, White attributed the skills he learned at Taylor Pool for helping him nail down the job of his dreams.
Soccer camp on tap
Payson Parks and Recreation sports coordinator Joe Harris wants to remind everyone that the upcoming British Soccer Camp, which is co-hosted by the P&R department, will be held June 9 to 13 on the Rumsey Park south multipurpose field.
He is highly recommending the camps.
"They will be a lot of fun and a good learning experience," he said. "We are happy they are coming here."
The camps include First Kicks, Mini-Soccer, two Half-Day Development sessions and a Full-Day Development session.
First Kicks is open to aspiring players 4 to 6 years of age.
During it, campers are introduced to the game basics through fundamental activities, games and fun soccer challenges. The camps are an hour a day for five days.
Parents are encouraged to join in to help their children.
The Mini-Soccer camp is aimed at children 4 to 6 years of age. In it, fun games, competitions and skill-building activities are used to help develop budding players. The sessions last for an hour a day for five days.
In the two Payson Half-Day Player Development camps, emphasis is placed on mastery of core soccer techniques through individual and small group practices and coached games.
British soccer officials say the camps are their most popular. The sessions are three hours a day for five days.
The Full-Day Player Development Camp is aimed at youths 8 to 18 years old. They are more advanced session for serious players. The curriculum is focused on game-related techniques, tactical development and coached match play. The sessions are six hours a day for five days.
The Payson schedule is:
- First Kicks -- 9 to 10 a.m.
- Mini Soccer -- 10:30 a.m. to noon.
- Half Day -- 9 a.m. to noon and another from 1 to 4 p.m.
- Full Day -- 9 a.m. to noon; 1 to 4 p.m.
The fees are $70 for First Kicks, $85 for Mini-Soccer, $115 for Half-Day and $165 for Full-Day.
Online registration may be completed at www.challengersports.com or at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department in Green Valley Park.
A $10 late fee will be charged for all applications received after May 30.
All campers receive a shirt, camp ball, personal evaluation and an end-of -amp gift.
Sign up for triathlon
The Third Annual Payson Sprint Triathlon, sponsored by the parks and recreation department, will be held June 14. The adult (15 years and older) events consist of a 500-yard swim, followed by the 15-mile bike ride and the 5K run. The youth (7-14 years) events will include a 200-yard swim, three-mile bike ride and a 1-1/2-mile run.
Participants in both adult and youth divisions can enter as an individual or a three-person team with each competing in a single event.
The adult registration fee is $45 per individual or $75 for a team.
Youth fees are $15 per individual and $30 for a team.
The registration deadline is May 30. After that day, a $10 late fee will be charged. Walk-up registrations will not be accepted.
Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, for more information.