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Registration ongoing for adult basketball leagues

SUN Columnist

The Pagosa Springs Recreation Department is accepting team registrations for the 2014 adult men’s and women’s basketball leagues through Feb. 14.

Staff will accept registrations for men’s recreation league, men’s competitive league and women’s recreation league. However, if there are not at least four teams registered for the women’s league by the deadline, the women’s league will be canceled.

Registration forms are available at the department office in Town Hall. Team registration fees are $250 per team, plus a $30 fee per player.

The leagues are tentatively scheduled to begin in early March. Call the recreation office at 264-4151, ext. 231 or 232 for more information.

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.

Youth basketball

This year’s youth basketball schedules are available in the recreation office in town hall and can also be downloaded through the recreation department link at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

All games will be played in the Ross Aragon Community Center; the 9-10 division will play Tuesdays and Thursdays, while games in the 11-12 division will be played Mondays and Wednesdays. The seasons will run through early March.

For more information, contact Darren Lewis, recreation supervisor, at 264-4151, ext. 231.

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

The skate pond behind the River Center remains 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.

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 February 6, 2014.