Coconino County Parks & Recreation — Summer is here, head outside and explore the outdoors

| May 11, 2021
 
CONNECTING PEOPLE, CULTURES, & COMMUNITIES
 
MAY 2021
Kickoff to Summer
 
 
PICKLEBALL COURTS AT RAYMOND COUNTY PARK
 
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America, with the Sports & Fitness Industry Association reporting a 21.3% increase in players in the year 2020.
 
Parks & Recreation staff recently met with representatives of the Flagstaff Pickleball Association at Raymond County Park in Kachina Village.
 
Staff determined that the half basketball court will have pickleball lines superimposed over the basketball court lines at Raymond County Park. The group, which generally meets in the mornings to practice, will be responsible for bringing their own nets and taking them down.
 
Basketball users will still be able to practice on the other basketball court in the park even when the pickleball nets are in place.
 
AZ WATCHABLE WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE BIRD WALK MAY 22
 
Join wildlife experts for an in-person bird walk at Rogers Lake County Natural Area on May 22. Bring your binoculars, face mask, sturdy shoes, a sunhat, a notebook and pencil, and perhaps your camera! County COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. The hike is one mile each way. Maximum 20 people. Register in advance. (Photo of Acorn woodpecker by Rick Reuss)
 
SPECIAL EVENT SEASON BEGINS
 
Fort Tuthill County Park is home to many special events during the year. This weekend kicks off the event season. The inaugural Cocodona 250 ultramarathon came through the park this week, and the Diamond O Roping event will be Saturday, May 8, at the Posse Arena. We will add more events to our online calendar as the season continues so check back often.
 
Parks & Recreation staff are working with special event producers to make sure they submit a COVID-19 plan and follow appropriate recommendations. The Department is utilizing a COVID-19 application for special events reviewed by Coconino County Health and Human Services and the Board of Supervisors. This document is now part of the Department’s special event application, evaluation, and approval process.
 
HARRENBURG WASH PROJECT
 
The Harrenburg Wash Enhancement Project will contribute to a healthier Oak Creek watershed by repairing headcuts that will decrease soil runoff. Visitors to the area will have a greater opportunity to view local wildlife that will benefit from the newly planted native trees, shrubs, grasses, and forbs as part of this project.
 
Parks & Recreation received a grant from the Arizona Water Protection Fund to improve the stability, productivity, and habitat quality of Harrenburg Wash just upstream from its confluence with Pumphouse Wash. Harrenburg Wash, which is part of Pumphouse County Natural Area, is located in Kachina Village. Natural Channel Design is providing engineering services on this important project, with construction expected to take place in early fall 2021. Read more on the project webpge.
 
APPRECIATE ARIZONA AND LEAVE NO TRACE
 
Coconino County has a new fire restrictions webpage with up-to-date information by land managing agencies.
 
Be Careful With Fire! Only use designated fire pits and always attend to your campfire. Our forests thank you. To learn more about how you can leave no trace when exploring Arizona’s outdoors, visit
AppreciateAZ.com. #AppreciateAZ #VisitArizona
 
STORYBOOK PATH AT SAWMILL COUNTY PARK
 
Coconino County Parks & Recreation and The Literacy Centerare partnering on a storybook path at Sawmill County Park that will feature the book “Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match” by local author Monica Brown. The book’s pages will be set on pedestals arranged at intervals along the park’s path. Younger visitors will have the opportunity to read the story in both English and Spanish and hear audio versions in Diné, English, Hopi, and Spanish languages. Staff are in the process of building and placing the pedestals and the author is narrating the book. Stay tuned for more updates!
 
 
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