Summer doesn’t “officially” begin until June 21, but everyone knows it really starts when the kids get out of school — and that big day is next week in the Rim Country. So, the plans are in place for sports and fun, courtesy of the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
Registration is already taking place for many of the upcoming programs.
Summer Recreation Program
Wondering what to do with children going into first through sixth grades in Fall 2010 this summer? Register them for the annual Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s Summer Recreation Program. Session 1 is being held Monday-Thursday, June 7-24. Session 2 is July 5-July 22.
The program is a fantastic opportunity to keep your children safe, busy and happy over summer break. Children will participate in inside and outside games, do arts and crafts, go on field trips, walk to the parks and have a snack all under the supervision of certified teachers and their assistants.
A new and exciting addition to the program this year is the involvement of the Payson Police and Fire Departments, which will be putting on special programs and activities for the children on various days in each session. One of these programs is a Bike Rodeo, which entails teaching the kids bike safety and maintenance on their own bikes, offering second-hand bikes to children who don’t have one, and handing out free bike helmets.
Hours of the program are from 8 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $75 per child, which includes a daily snack. Space is limited, so register today at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at 1000 W. Country Club Dr., or online at www.paysonparks.com.
Swimming lesson enrollment is taking place now as well. Children will learn to be safe, independent swimmers. Safety skills along with sound swimming techniques will be taught as well as the four competitive strokes. The lessons are held twice a week. Call 1-877-539-5009 for details on costs and times.
British Soccer Camps
Once again British Soccer Camps will be held as part of the summer recreation program. Camp 1 is from June 7 through June 11 at the Rumsey Park South Soccer Field; Camp 2 is from July 5 through July 9 at the same site. The cost, which depends on the age of the participant, is between $76 and $168.
Register at the parks office in Green Valley Park or go online to www.challengersports.com.
Registration is taking place for a number of summer sports programs and other camps.
The cutoff to register for the Payson Golf program is May 20. It will be held June 7 through July 1 at the Payson Golf Course. This is for those ages 10 to 16, and clubs are provided. The cost is $30.
Those interested in participating in the Men’s and Women’s Softball League have until May 27 to register. Games begin June 7 at Rumsey Park. Participants must be at least 16. The fee is $275 per team.
The deadline to register for the Adult Co-Ed Sand Volleyball League is also May 27. Games begin June 7 at the Rumsey Park Sand Volleyball Courts.
The Summer Youth Tumbling program, which will be Tuesdays or Thursdays starting June 15 closes registration May 27. Participants must be at least 16. The cost is $100.
The Lady Longhorns Basketball Camp registration ends May 27. It will be held June 11 and 12 in Wilson Dome. The program is for girls in the third through eighth grades and costs $30.
The annual Sprint Triathlon is Saturday, June 12, starting at 7 a.m. at Taylor Pool, North Rumsey Park. Participants will compete in a 500-yard swim, a 15-mile bike ride, and a 5K run. Registration is $50 for individuals and $75 for a team. Participants must be at least 15.
The 4th Annual Rim Country Open — Arizona Disc Golf Tournament is at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 19 at Rumsey Park Ramada 3. Registration is taking place now. The fee varies depending on participant category. Forms are available at the parks office or online at www.paysonparks.com.
Registration for the Payson Volleyball Camp is from May 31 through June 24, with the program held July 1 and 2 at the old gym at Payson High School. Youth in grades 3 through 8 may participate, the cost is $30.
The Parks and Recreation Department is planning a family archery shoot for July 17. The Shoot for the Rim 3-D Family Archery Shoot will begin at 7 a.m. at the Jim Jones Shooting Range and it is open to all ages. Register between now and July 1 for a discount or register the day of the event. Get the registration form at www.paysonparks.com.