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Youth basketball assessments, draft set

Registration for the upcoming 9-10 and 11-12 youth basketball seasons has ended and the assessments for these age brackets have been set for Tuesday, Jan. 3, in the Ross Aragon Community Center gymnasium.

All players should arrive ready to participate in dribbling, shooting and passing drills, and should report to the gym according to the following schedule:

In the 9-10 division, all male participants should report to the gym from 5:30 to 6 p.m. All female participants in the 9-10 division should report to the gym from 6-6:30 p.m.

In the 11-12 division, all male participants should report to the gym from 6:45-7:15 p.m.; all female participants should report from 7:15-7:45 p.m.

The draft for both divisions will be held Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 6 p.m. in Town Hall; all head coaches in each division should attend.

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 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.

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 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 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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