Youth Basketball program starts next week

Registration for this year’s 7- and 8-year-old youth basketball league has closed, practices have commenced and the season will begin next week.

Games begin Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Pagosa Springs Community Center gymnasium. Red faces Gold at 5:30 p.m. and Green goes against Black at 6:30.

Uniforms will be provided to participants before game time on each team’s opening night.

Schedules for this year’s 7-8 season are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and are also available online through the recreation department at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

On a related note: Registration for the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions will begin in mid-November and run through early December; the season for these divisions will not begin until early January.

For more information concerning youth basketball, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Pick-up Pagosa contests

As part of its continuing anti-litter campaign, the Town of Pagosa Springs is inviting local students in grades K-8 to enter the “Pick-up Pagosa Country” poster and essay contests.

Through the end of the month, children in grades K-4 can submit entries in the poster contest, while children in grades 5-8 can get involved by entering the essay contest.

The theme for entries in the poster contest (grades K-4) is, naturally, “Pick-up Pagosa Country.” Entries should focus on the impacts of litter and/or recycling on our community and should be submitted according to the following general guidelines:

• All entries should be submitted on 8.5x11 paper.

• Any art supplies can be used.

• Neatness, legibility and creativity are essential.

• Artwork must be original and hand-drawn.

• Include student’s name, grade and phone number on the back of entry.

The theme for entries in the essay contest (grades 5-8) is also “Pick-up Pagosa Country.” Entries should explain why local litter prevention and/or recycling efforts are important and should follow these guidelines:

• All entries must be legibly hand-written on 8.5X11 paper.

• Entries are limited to a maximum of 250 words.

• Include student’s name, grade and phone number with entry.

Submissions can be dropped off at the front desk in Town Hall until 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Submissions can also be mailed to: Pick-up Pagosa Country Contest, Town Hall, P.O. Box 1849, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Submissions will not be returned.

Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place entries in each grade. The first-place entries in each grade will be recognized in an upcoming issue of the The SUN.

For more information, call 264-4151 Ext. 232 or e-mail tcarosello@centurytel.net.

Skate park blog

Anyone wishing to track the progress of the design for the new community skate park can join the Pagosa Skate Park Blog and offer feedback.

To join the blog, go to www.pillardesignstudios.com and click on either “work” or “play.” Click on the “community involvement” link on the left side of the screen, and then click on “Click here to log into the Pillar Design Studios Blog.” When prompted for a log-in, use”“pagosa,” and then enter “skatepark” as the password.

The design phase for the new park will be completed by the end of the year, and the town will then be able to pursue a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado which, if awarded, will enable the town to move forward with construction bids.

For more information regarding the design of the new skate park, call the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department at 264-4151, Ext. 232, or e-mail tcarosello@centurytel.net.

Soccer photos

Coaches and parents who ordered youth soccer photos can contact Jeff Laydon at Pagosa Photography, 264-3686, to check the status of their orders. The recreation office will provide coaches with team plaques and photos as soon as they are available.

Sports hotline

General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-4151, Ext. 301, or logging on to townofpagosasprings.com and going to the parks and recreation link.

All schedules and upcoming events are updated on a regular basis.

If you have questions or concerns, or need additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.