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Youth T-ball and Coach Pitch


Youth Sports

Youth T-ball and Coach Pitch

This weekend, May 25-28 is the last opportunity to register your child online ( for Youth T-ball and Coach Pitch. Payson Parks is offering T-ball for boys and girls ages 4 and 5 and Coach Pitch for boys and girls ages 6 and 7. Registration is based on the age of your child as of May 1.

Games will be played Monday-Thursday June 11 through July 16. Cost is $25 per child and includes their team shirt. Volunteer coaches are always needed.

Summer Recreation Camp

Once again the parks department is offering summer recreation camp. Registration will be by the week, with the first camp starting May 29. Cost is $30 per child and includes lunch. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rim Country Middle School. For more information, contact Mary Wolf at (928) 474-5242, extension 7.

Longhorn Academy of Basketball Fundamentals

Join Coach Joe Sanchez, Coach Bill Farrell and the Payson High School Basketball Team to brush up on basketball skills and fundamentals. Camp is open to all boys and girls in the third through ninth grades. The camp will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday, June 11 through Thursday, June 14 at Wilson Dome at Payson High School. The cost is $40 per person. Register through the start of the camp at Payson Parks & Recreation, 1000 W. Country Club Dr., Payson; call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or go online to

Volleyball Camp

Join Payson High School coaches and players for the annual summer volleyball camp from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 19 in Wilson Dome at Payson High School. The camp is open for all players going into the fourth through eighth grades. The cost is $30 per participant.

Register through the start of the camp at Payson Parks & Recreation, 1000 W. Country Club Dr., Payson; call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or go online to

Outdoor Recreation

Taylor Pool opens May 26

Taylor Pool, located at North Rumsey Park on North McLane Road, opens for the season Saturday, May 26.

Regular hours for public swimming will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and cost is $2 per visit. Lap swimming will also be at this time and costs $2 per visit as well.

Swimming lessons will be offered from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Monday and Wednesday and from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Lessons will start every 30 minutes.

A water aerobics program will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday and Wednesday and costs $2 per visit. Adult Group Swim, with planned workouts provided, will be from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Thursday.

Enrollment is now open for swimming lessons, youth swim team and adult group swim. Pre-register at For more information or to book a pool party, call 1-877-539-5009 or e-mail

Sprint Triathlon

The Sprint Triathlon, for ages 15 and older, is Saturday, June 9 starting at Rumsey Park at 6:45 a.m. Registration is $60 for individuals and $85 for teams. The event consists of a 50-yard swim, 15-mile bike ride and 5k run. The top 150 finishers receive participation medals.

Barrel & Pole Practice

Barrel & Pole Practice continues Wednesday nights at the Payson Event Center. Books open at 4 p.m.; time only runs are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fee is $3 per run or $5 for a 3-minute time slot


Hike from the Payson Event Center to the Peach Orchard Trailhead at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 16 and see views of the Mazatzal Mountains along with riparian areas and old mining sites.

Participants will meet at the south side of the PEC and a shuttle service will provide transportation back to the start site at the end of the hike.

The hike is over very rocky terrain with hills and is of a moderate level of difficulty. Dress appropriately and bring plenty of water.

Special Events

Mountain High Games

The 2012 Mountain High Games will be at the Payson Event Center from Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3. The games include: ATV rides, an ATV Rodeo, mountain bike race, trail run, Dutch oven competition, horseshoe competition, archery tournament and more. Check the Web site for details and see the special edition of The Rim Review inside today’s Payson Roundup.

Summer Concert Series

The annual Summer Concert Series by the parks department also starts the first weekend in June. Performances will be at 7 p.m. every Saturday from June 2 through July 28. The concerts are held in the amphitheater area of Green Valley Park where the audience can bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show.

Scheduled to perform are MC6 A Capella with Doo-Wop from the 1950s and 1960s, June 2; J. Powers Band with R&B, Motown music and rock, June 9; Blue Frog with blues, June 16; Breaking Point with both jazz and country music, June 23; hometown favorites, Junction 87 with country music, June 30; more hometown music by the popular John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos, July 7; Big Daddy & The Dynamites, blues, July 14; Southern Flight Band with variety and rock music, July 21; and another popular local group, The John Scott Band with blues, July 28.


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