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Recreation department in need of basketball coaches

Due to a large turnout for this year’s program, the recreation department is in need of head coaches for the 9-10 and 11-12 youth basketball leagues and would like to hear from anyone interested in coaching a team.

Games in the 9-10 division will be played in the Ross Aragon Community Center or the junior high school Tuesdays and Thursdays, while games in the 11-12 division will be played Mondays and Wednesdays in the community center. The seasons will run through early March. If interested in coaching a team, please contact Andy Rice, recreation supervisor, at 264-4151, Ext. 231.

Assessments and drafts for the 9-10 and 11-12 youth basketball seasons were held this week; practices will commence next week, and games will not begin until Jan. 26.

Schedules will be available by the end of next week at the recreation office and will also be posted on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

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

Cross country skiing

Thanks to the efforts of the Pagosa Nordic Club, cross country skiing trails have been groomed on Reservoir Hill, in Town Park and in Yamaguchi Park to offer a variety of Nordic skiing opportunities in downtown Pagosa Springs.

An access point for the Reservoir Hill system is just south of the post office on Hot Springs Boulevard. Another point of access is the Spa Trailhead off of San Juan Street.

There are trails for skiers of varying abilities, beginning with an easier loop at the midway meadow which joins trail No. 7 near the fire hydrant. It traverses back toward the cabin, crossing the road and continuing out trail No. 7, past the owl sculpture, to the meadow by the water tank, then looping back to the cabin.

From the cabin, a more difficult trail leads to the radio towers and back down to the midway meadow. This route is quite steep in spots, so less-experienced skiers should exercise caution. All users are requested to be aware of the presence of novice skiers and share the trails responsibly.

For more information on cross country skiing opportunities, visit www.pagosanordic.com.

Skate pond

The skate pond at the River Center is open for the season. The hours of operation are from dawn to 10 p.m. every day, except on those nights when ice-maintenance operations are being performed.

Resurfacing will be scheduled for Monday and Thursday evenings unless weather conditions keep the work from taking place. On those nights, the pond will be closed at 6 p.m. A minimum ice thickness of four inches will be regularly monitored, but thin spots can occur, and an effort to mark them with orange safety cones will be made.

Pond users are requested to leave the cones in place. We also ask that no foreign objects be thrown onto the ice. The pond will remain open until safety concerns require its closure. Enjoy the ice.

Christmas tree recycling

The Town of Pagosa Springs is again conducting a Christmas tree recycling program. Trees to be recycled can be dropped off at a newly-designated site at the south end of South 5th Street any time before the end of March.

Look for the signs directing recyclers to the collection area. The parks department asks that recyclers remove all lights and ornaments before leaving your tree. The Parks Department will chip the collected trees into mulch to be used for landscaping projects during the coming season. Thank you for participating in this worthwhile undertaking.

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.