Parks Department Has Plenty Of Fun Set For Fall

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School may have started, but that does not mean the Payson Parks and Recreation Department is shutting down the fun. The staff has lined up plenty of activities for young people, adults and families in the coming weeks.

Youth sports will have two programs starting in September. Registration closes Aug. 11.

NFL Flag Football is for those ages 6 to 15 and costs $35 per child. Games start Sept. 7 and will be played at Rumsey I. This year, every registrant will get an NFL flag football pair of shorts with the jersey.

Youth Fall Soccer is for pre-kindergarten children through those in the sixth-grade. Games start Sept. 5 or Sept. 12 depending on grade. The play will be at North Rumsey Soccer and Rumsey II fields. The cost is $25 per child. Every participant will get a British Soccer jersey.

Adults will have a couple of opportunities for sports activities this fall, too. A new Adult Flag Football League is organizing. The deadline to register a team is Aug. 20 and the cost is $200. Play is for those 16 and older and the season starts Aug. 31 on the Rumsey II softball field and will take place Wednesdays and Fridays. Only 12 team spots are available, so sign up soon. Equipment will be provided. Teams consist of eight on the field at a time.

There will also be a new Co-ed Softball League playing this fall. The registration deadline is Aug. 20 and the cost is $250 per team, with a $25 late fee assessed. Play is for those 16 and older and begins Aug. 31 on the Rumsey II softball field. Each team will get 10 games and an end-of-season double-elimination tournament.

Other programs

Aug. 8: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., PATS Hike from the Houston Mesa Trailhead to Flat Rock; two-mile round trip, free.

Aug. 22: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Women’s “Step Outside” Day with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Parks and Recreation Office; $20 fee; register by Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, or online @ www.paysonparks.com.

Sept. 6: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Free Family Fossil and Geode Hunt. Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers will guide you on a geode and fossil hunt just 20 minutes from Payson. Meet at 1 p.m. at the southeast corner of The Home Depot parking lot.

Sept. 8: 4 p.m., elk viewing workshop at Green Valley Park, conducted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. This program is designed to help people find, observe and enjoy elk and some of the state’s many wildlife species on their own. The clinic is limited to 20 participants, who must be 14 or older. The fee is $5 per person. Registration can be done at the P&R office.

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