Skate park design to be discussed

The second in a series of public meetings to discuss the design of a new community skate park is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the south conference room of the Pagosa Springs Community Center.

Brad Siedlecki, of Pillar Design Studios — the engineering firm hired by the town to design the new park — will give a presentation on several design alternatives that are based on public comments received during the first design meeting held in late September.

The design process for the new park will likely be completed by the end of the year, and if next year’s budget allows, the town will then pursue a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to aid construction.

Anyone wishing to track the progress of the new community skate park can join the Pagosa Skate Park Blog and offer feedback.

To join the blog, go to www.pillardesignstudios.com and click on either “work” or “play.” Click on the “community involvement” link on the left side of the screen, and then click on “Click here to log into the Pillar Design Studios Blog.” When prompted for a log-in, use “pagosa,” and then enter “skatepark” as the password.

For more information regarding the quest for a new skate park, call the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department at 264-4151, Ext. 232, or e-mail tcarosello@centurytel.net.

Basketball registration

Registration for this year’s 7- and 8-year-old youth basketball league will continue through Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Children who will be 7 or 8 years old as of Nov. 15 are eligible to register. The 7-8 season is tentatively scheduled to begin in early November and will run through mid-December.

Registrations are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and have been provided to local schools. Registrations are also available online in Adobe format at www.townofpagosasprings.com (click on the town departments link, then the recreation department link). Cost is $25 per player and $15 for each additional child in the same, immediate family who participates.

Please note that registration for the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions will begin in mid-November; the season for these divisions will not begin until early January.

Coaches and team sponsors for all divisions are needed and appreciated. Cost for sponsorship is $150, which includes sponsor’s name on team uniforms, commemorative plaque with team picture and recognition in media articles.

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

Pick-up Pagosa contests

As part of its continuing anti-litter campaign, the Town of Pagosa Springs is inviting local students in grades K-8 to enter the “Pick-up Pagosa Country” poster and essay contests.

Through the end of the month, children in grades K-4 can submit entries in the poster contest, while children in grades 5-8 can get involved by entering the essay contest.

The theme for entries in the poster contest (grades K-4) is, naturally, “Pick-up Pagosa Country.” Entries should focus on the impacts of litter and/or recycling on our community and should be submitted according to the following general guidelines:

• All entries should be submitted on 8.5x11 paper,

• Any art supplies can be used,

• Neatness, legibility and creativity are essential,

• Artwork must be original and hand-drawn,

• Include student’s name, grade and phone number on the back of entry,

The theme for entries in the essay contest (grades 5-8) is also “Pick-up Pagosa Country.” Entries should explain why local litter prevention and/or recycling efforts are important and should follow these guidelines:

• All entries must be legibly handwritten on 8.5X11 paper.

• Entries are limited to a maximum of 250 words.

• Include student’s name, grade and phone number with entry.

Submissions can be dropped off at the front desk in Town Hall until 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Submissions can also be mailed to: Pick-up Pagosa Country Contest, Town Hall, P.O. Box 1849, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Submissions will not be returned.

Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place entries in each grade. The first-place entries in each grade will be recognized in an upcoming issue of The SUN.

For more information, call 264-4151, Ext. 232, or e-mail tcarosello@centurytel.net.

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.