Parks & Recreation Department Has Plenty Of Fun For All This Fall

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The Women’s “Step Outside” Day planned for Aug. 22 is canceled due to insufficient interest.

There are still plenty of activities on the horizon for children, adults and families.

Adults will have a couple of opportunities for sports activities this fall. 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 players 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

• 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 off of the Control Road. Participants will carpool or caravan with the group and should bring their own water and snacks, as well as backpacks or bags. There are no restroom facilities at the site. Be prepared to hike up to two miles round trip to the site, but the hiking is fairly level and easy. Meet at 1 p.m. at the southeast corner of The Home Depot parking lot to caravan to site.

• 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 event will start at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office at Green Valley Park and then move out to the field to view elk. Because it will be necessary to maintain a small group once in the field and due to transportation limitations, the clinic is limited to 20 participants, who must be 14 or older. The workshop fee is $5 per person. Registration can be done at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive, or online at www.paysonparks.com. Call the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office for more information at (928) 474 5242, ext. 7.

• Sept. 9-30, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, After-School Archery Program for students in the fourth- through 12th-grades at Julia Randall Elementary gym; fee is $30 per child. Register at the Parks and Recreation Office in Green Valley Park or go online at www.paysonparks.com.

• Sept. 15 (also Oct. 28, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9), noon to 4 p.m., GeoKidz half-day program for children in the first- through fifth-grades. GeoKidz provides a play-based learning environment and nature-centered adventures for elementary-aged children. Children are encouraged to explore, build confidence and competence, and rediscover the joy of playing in a natural environment. This program will include field trips and hikes to various sites in the Payson area, so children are required to bring good sturdy walking shoes. Space is limited, so register your child early. Registration is open through Dec. 3. The program will be held in Ramada 5 at Rumsey Park, with off-site field trips and hiking. The cost is $15 per day, and all four programs are open to repeat participants.

Sept. 16, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Kids Fishing Class with Mark Kile for youngsters in the first- through fifth-grades. All fishing equipment and bait is provided. Children should bring their own water.

Registration closes Sept. 3; the fee is $5 per child. Meet at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive

Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bat Night with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Join retired AZGFD bat biologist, Nancy Rennison, for an evening of bat watching and listening at Green Valley Lake. Learn about these mysterious flyers, how they navigate and capture their insect prey, and listen to their vocalizations. Registration closes Sept. 17.

The program will meet at the parks office in Green Valley Park. The cost is $5.

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