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Skate pond closed for season, youth basketball tourney begins

Due to deterioration surface conditions caused by higher temperatures, the skate pond behind the River Center has been closed for the season.

Ice-thickness levels have become unsafe, and signs have been posted to inform the public of the potential danger.

Youth basketball

This year’s youth basketball tournament for the 11-12 division will begin Monday, Feb. 28.

Games will be played in the Ross Aragon Community Center gymnasium according to the following schedule: Maroon (No. 1 seed) will face Red (No. 6 seed) at 5:30 p.m.; Gold (No. 2 seed) will play Green (No. 5 seed) at 6:20 p.m. and Navy (No. 3 seed) will play Black (No. 4 seed) at 7:15 p.m.

The single-elimination tournament will continue March 2 and 7.

For more information, call the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 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.

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 Fifth Street any time between now and the end of March.

Look for the signs directing recyclers to the collection area. The parks department asks that recyclers remove all lights, tinsel and ornaments before leaving trees. The parks department will chip the collected trees into mulch to be used for various landscaping projects in the town parks during the coming season.

Thank you for participating in this worthwhile undertaking; for more information, call the parks office at 264-4151, Ext. 233.

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.

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