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Register now for spring gymnastics program

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The Town of Pagosa Springs Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the spring session of gymnastics through March 14.

Through an ongoing partnership with Pagosa Springs Middle School and local instructor Jennifer Martin, the Town of Pagosa Springs Recreation Department is offering this program for ages 3 and up. Classes, which will be strictly limited to no more than 10 students per age group, begin March 17 and will run through April 25 (there will be no classes the week of spring break).

Cost is $35 for the complete session, but parents will also have the option to pay $70 if they wish to have children in appropriate age groups attend two sessions per week (Monday and Wednesday sessions, for example). Classes will be held in the middle school “mat room” (wrestling room) according to the following schedule:

Classes for ages 6 and 7 will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:50 p.m. Classes for ages 8 and 9 will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-5:50 p.m. Classes for ages 10 and up will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-6:50 p.m.

In addition, classes will be held Fridays from 2-2:50 p.m. for ages 3-5 and from 3-3:50 p.m. for intermediate students (students in this class will need to be pre-approved by the instructor).

There will also be an open-gym session available Fridays from 4-5 p.m. for ages 6 and up (younger students may attend with a parent) at an additional drop-in cost of $5 per session.

Registrations are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and have been posted in Adobe format on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

For more information, call 264-4151, ext. 232.

Outdoor programming

The Town of Pagosa Springs is in the process of evaluating the feasibility of new summer programming, outdoor clinics and workshops for local youths.

Through an ongoing partnership between the town recreation department and Ross Aragon Community Center, staff hopes to identify new possibilities for low-cost outdoor education and science-related endeavors. The desire is to continue an introductory curriculum that was introduced last year and implement as many programs as the town budget will allow this summer.

The tentative plan is to utilize volunteers for as many programs as possible, but there may also be opportunities for the use of talented, specialized instructors on a part-time, compensated basis. The goal is to provide the programs for youths ages 4-10 at a reasonable cost.

Anyone interested in submitting a programming idea can contact the town recreation office at 264-4151, ext. 232, or Cheryl Bowdridge, community center director, at 264-4152.

Tree recycling

The Town of Pagosa Springs is again conducting a Christmas tree recycling program.

Trees to be recycled can be dropped off at the designated site at the south end of South 5th Street (entrance to the sewer lagoons) any time between now and the end of March. The parks department asks that recyclers remove all lights, tinsel and ornaments before leaving trees.

For more information, call the parks office at 264-4151, ext. 233.

Skate pond

Due to higher temperatures and deteriorating conditions, the skate pond behind the River Center has been closed for the season.

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.

This story was posted on March 6, 2014.