No Lull In Parks And Recreation Opportunities

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The winter sports season is winding down, but Payson’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has a slate of classes and activities to keep you busy, no matter your age or interests.

To learn more or to register for any of the following, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or visit the Web site www.paysonparks.com.

Watchable Wildlife 101

Register today to learn how to view wildlife responsibly to minimize impact on the animals, the habitat and other nature enthusiasts from Joe Yarchin, Arizona Game and Fish Urban and Watchable Wildlife Program Manager. The program is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10 (a half-day at school) at the parks office in Green Valley Park. The cost is $5 per person.

Hike Monument Peak Loop Trail

Join Parks and Recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System (PATS) group-led hike on the Monument Peak Loop Trail starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 13.

Participants will meet at the Monument Peak Loop Trailhead, which is approximately 3.3 miles east of Highway 260 on Granite Dells Road. The hike is three miles long and is easy hiking, with a crushed granite trail surface and only a few inclines. Expect a little seasonal water on the trail.

This is a free event to the public. Don’t forget your hiking boots and water. Pre-registration is preferred, but participants can also register the day of the event.

Dog first aid class

Register today for the American Red Cross Dog First Aid/CPR Course, being offered through the Payson Parks and Recreation Department from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Payson Police Department’s meeting room, 303 N. Beeline Highway.

This class will cover many issues that dog owners experience with their pets. Cost to attend is $25 per person, with the option to purchase a training book and DVD. Space is limited, so register early.

Youth Soccer League

Come have a blast with soccer! A soccer camp will be provided for coaches and players to kick off the season. Each child who registers will get a jersey and an end-of-season pizza party with their team. Divisions will be grades Pre-K–K (ages 4-5); 1st and 2nd; 3rd and 4th; 5th and 6th; 7th and 8th; and 9th through 12th.

Registration is taking place now through March 13, with the season planned to start at the end of March. Matches will be at Rumsey Park and the cost is $25 per child.

Spring Break Rec Program

Certified teachers will lead children in grades K-5 in safe and fun physical and cultural activities over Spring Break. Advance registration is required — this is not a drop-in program. Space is limited.

The cost of the program is $30 per child. The program is from 8 a.m. to noon, March 8-11. Children in kindergarten through second grade will be at the old gym at Payson High School. Children in the third through fifth grades will be at Julia Randall Elementary gym.

Spring Break Sport Camp

Sign up today for the four-day sports camp. Players will have coaches and a week full of sports and activities. Snacks will be provided. Sports include: soccer, flag-football, Frisbee golf, basketball and volleyball.

Advance registration is required — this is not a drop-in program; 40 spots are available for children in the third through fifth grades.

The cost is $30 per child. The program is from 8 a.m. to noon, March 16-19 at Rumsey Park Ramada 5.

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