Lots Of People Help Put On Town Events

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Over the last couple years the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has had to deal with many things including the economy and all that entails.

We have had to rely on good people that are willing to give of their time and talents on a volunteer basis. This last year we have had several very large events including the Payson, Arizona Mountain High Games which was a huge success with 386 contestants. We had over 50 volunteers who helped put on this event. We attracted the Arizona High School Rodeo Finals and over 400 contestants. More than 15 people helped us prepare and put on this event.

On July 4th we once again produced the Fourth of July celebration at Green Valley Park. We had volunteers and general public that helped pick up trash after the event (what a huge help that was). This last weekend we had the largest softball tournament ever held in Payson go off with very few glitches. We had over 30 volunteers come and help us clean the park, chop down weeds, prep fields, etc. We could not do these events without you all!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our police and fire departments and their volunteer groups for the way that they handle these large events. Due to their quick action at events like the Fourth of July where we have thousands of people in a small area, often times large issues are averted because we have a plan in place and everyone is working off the same plan.

I would also like to thank the Public Works Department for their willingness to help get our facilities ready to go for each of these events. Parks, Streets and Water all work together to make these events happen.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to publicly thank my team (Parks and Recreation Department) for their dedication, hard work and willingness to do all they do. I ask a lot of them and have to admit they are the hardest working people I have ever been around.

This town and its citizens should be very proud of this group of people. They handle every setback with class and they always give 100 percent in all they do, which I know firsthand has enriched the lives of all of us who live here.

On behalf of the Town of Payson and my department, I want to thank you all for your selflessness and willingness to help your community and my team. I truly believe that it takes a community to make a community.

That means that everyone has to be doing their part to make our town a better place for everyone that lives and works here. When that happens the town shines very brightly.

I would like to share with you all a letter from one of the coaches that participated in the ASA “B” State Tournament that was held here this last weekend.

It is a direct reflection on our elected officials, town departments, businesses and, most importantly, the citizens of this great community!

Dear Cameron,

I just wanted to spend a minute of my time and let you all know how amazed and blown away I was about this year’s state championship this weekend. I am a coach on the 10U Gila Valley Suncats team out of Safford. This was by far the best, the most organized, and all around most fun tournament I’ve ever been part of. I especially enjoyed the location of this event as I have never been to Payson before. I don’t think there could have been a more pleasant and welcoming town to have this event in. The bracket flowed flawlessly with exception to only having one rain delay (Uncontrollable). It was obvious that this tournament was well thought out and the time and devotion from the entire staff involved couldn’t have shown any more than it was. Once again thank you. There is no way I can thank all the folks who were involved with this so please take the time for myself to thank the ones around you who were part of this fabulous state tournament. Hope to see you all again. Many more thanks,

Eric Klajda

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