Skate pond open for season


    SUN Columnist

    With the onset of frigid weather, the skate pond behind the River Center is now in good shape and 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 as necessary during the evening hours 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. The pond will remain open until safety concerns require its closure. Enjoy the ice.

    Youth basketball

    Schedules are available in the recreation office in Town Hall and can also be downloaded through the recreation department link at

    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 a newly-designated site at the south end of South Fifth Street (entrance to 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.


    Through Feb. 12, classes will be held in the elementary school gym Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-4:50 p.m. for participants in grades one and two. Participants in grades three and four will practice the same evenings from 5-5:50 p.m.

    For more information call Lindsey Kurt-Mason at 903-4255, or the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

    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.