Rec Program Has Something For Everyone


Town of Payson Recreation Coordinator Mary Wolf has issued a calendar of upcoming offerings and it features a myriad of activities for young and old alike.

Youth Sports

Youth Basketball registration for third and fourth grade boys and girls ends Jan. 25. Cost is $30 per child. Games are played on Saturdays.

Start Smart and Biddy Basketball for children ages 3 years to second-graders is open for registration for a second session. Cost is $20 per child. These fundamental clinics will be given on Saturdays in January and February.

Adult Sports

Adult Basketball League registration is now open. Games will be played on weeknights starting in February. The league is limited to eight teams. Cost is $300 per team.

Outdoor Recreation

PATS Hike — American Gulch Trail, meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 at the American Gulch South Trailhead, 2.6 miles west of Highway 87 on Main Street (Doll Baby Ranch Road).

This route includes majestic views off high points in the Rim Country toward Fossil Creek, along with mountain meadows with wildflowers. It is 3 miles in length and moderate in difficulty.

Watchable Wildlife — Increase the chances of having a positive wildlife viewing experience. Learn the five steps to successful wildlife viewing. Register between Jan. 20 and March 16. The class will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24 at the Parks and Recreation office building in Green Valley Park. All ages welcome; $5 registration fee.

Payson Event Center

Barrel & Pole Practice — Parks, Recreation and Tourism will sponsor this event starting April 18. It is Wednesday nights at the Payson Event Center. Books open at 4 p.m.; time-only run is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fee is $3 per run or $5 for three-minute time slot.

Friday Night Barrel and Pole 4D Jackpot — April 27, May 11, June 22, July 20, Aug. 24, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. Books open at 5:30 p.m.; competition starts at 7:30 p.m.; time-only: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $3 per run, one minute time limit, plus $25 registration fee and $5 arena fee (all fees must be paid in cash) and there will be a 60 percent cash payout.

4-H horse club on the road

The Tonto Basin 4-H High Flyin’ Hooves 4-H Club attended The National Livestock 4-H/FFA Horse Show Jan. 7 at West World in Scottsdale. The club members represented Gila County pretty well with 17 participants in the events. The girls showing were Autumn Cline, Kenslie Rose, Racheal Simmons, Makiah Taylor and Katlyn Wilbanks, all of Tonto Basin. The girls showed in all the classes from showmanship at Halter, Trail, Western Pleasure, Western Equitation, Western Riding and Reining. They also competed in the timed events of Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Goat Tying.

They are all to be congratulated, along with their parents for all their hard work and dedication. Without the strong support of parents these young people would not be as successful as they were earlier this month.

4-H Open House

Learn about 4-H opportunities at an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30 at the Payson Public Library, located in Rumsey Park.

The 4-H program offers a wide variety of projects in which young people can participate, including 4-H Camp.


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