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Youth basketball practice begins next week

The draft for the upcoming youth basketball season for ages 9-12 will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in Town Hall; all head coaches in each division should attend.

Rosters for each division should be finalized by Monday, and practices should begin Tuesday in the Ross Aragon Community Center gym. Schedules will be available at the recreation office in Town Hall by the end of next week. Schedules will also be posted on the recreation page at Games will not begin until Jan. 24.

Parents who have not heard from a head coach as of Wednesday, Jan. 12 should call the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 232 to obtain roster information. Games in the 9-10 division will be played Tuesday and Thursday evenings, while games in the 11-12 division will be played Monday and Wednesday evenings. All games will be played in the community center gym.

For more information on this program, call the recreation office.

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 5th 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.

Skate pond

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 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.

Cross country skiing

The Town of Pagosa Springs will continue to provide quality cross country skiing opportunities this winter, thanks to the efforts of the Pagosa Nordic Club.

Throughout the winter, these generous volunteers will be undertaking the grooming of cross country skiing trails in the downtown area for the use of our citizens and visitors.

The trails will be located at Yamaguchi Park on South 5th Street, on Reservoir Hill, and at the athletics field in Town Park on Hermosa Street. Access to the Reservoir Hill trails is from San Juan Street, adjacent to the Spa Motel, or from Spring Street, which heads up the hill from the south side of the post office off Hot Springs Boulevard.

Other cross country trails groomed by this group are located at a variety of locations around the area. Information regarding those trails, as well as grooming reports and trail conditions, is available at the club’s website,

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 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.