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Town skate pond open for the season

The skate pond behind the River Center is open for the season.

The skate pond’s hours of operation are from dawn to 10 p.m. every day, except during the nights when ice-maintenance operations are being performed.

Resurfacing of the ice will typically 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 safety 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.

Tree recycling

The Town of Pagosa Springs will again be 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 (just past Yamaguchi Park) through 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.

Residents are encouraged to participate in this worthwhile undertaking; for more information, call the parks department office at 264-4151, Ext. 233.

Youth basketball

Registration for the upcoming 9- and 10-year-old and 11- and 12-year-old youth basketball leagues has closed and assessment dates will be announced before the end of the year (the assessments will not take place until the first week of January).

Late registrations will be accepted, but late registrants will now be placed on a waiting list and be placed on teams only if participants who registered before the deadline opt out of the program.

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

Basketball photos

Coaches and parents who ordered youth basketball (7-8 division) photos can contact Jeff Laydon at Pagosa Photography, 264-3686, to arrange pick up of their orders. The recreation office will provide sponsors with team plaques and pictures as soon as they are available.

The recreation staff would also like to thank Mr. Laydon for accommodating another busy schedule during this year’s youth volleyball season.

This year marks the 15th year Jeff has offered professional photography service to our programs while donating all of the team photographs used in the commemorative plaques free of charge; thanks again.

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.

For any questions, concerns or 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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