Coconino County Parks & Recreation — Winter recreation spots

| February 9, 2021
CONNECTING PEOPLE, CULTURES, & COMMUNITIES
 
JANUARY 2021
Winter Recreation Update
 
 
WINTER RECREATION
 
Fort Tuthill County Park is open and free for passive slow play recreation. There is no dedicated sledding hill however.
 
Flagstaff Snow Park, which is located in Fort Tuthill County Park, makes snow in a dedicated area with tubing runs. Their website has more information and a link to purchase tickets, which are required to recreate in this area of the park.
 
For other sledding and snow play areas in and around Flagstaff, the City of Flagstaff publishes a winter recreation map and operates a winter snow play information line at 1-844-256-SNOW.
 
RAYMOND POND ECOSYSTEM
 
The water level at Raymond Pond, located at Raymond County Park in Kachina Village, has been very low because of decreased precipitation last summer and this winter.  With the low water level, Parks & Recreation staff performed pond maintenance and removed excess silt and soil that have built up over time. Approximately 20 truckloads of silt were removed from the bottom of the pond in late January. The water level will be an average 6’ deep when full, which fills from snowmelt, precipitation, and runoff. Park staff also performed maintenance of the floating dock landing areas and added rock to allow for drier access.
 
This work contributes to a healthier wetland ecosystem by helping to sustain a variety of habitats for different flora and fauna, and ultimately helps protect the entire watershed. This area is in the Upper Verde River Watershed and contributes to the headwaters of Oak Creek Canyon
 
 
RECREATE RESPONSIBLY
 
Create Safe, Inclusive Access: Actively create an inclusive approach to managing group sizes and access to outdoor resources that carves a path for underrepresented communities to benefit from group programming, share in winter, and maintain safety. Share the snow. Check out ways to help create safe, inclusive access, and do your research to #RecreateResponsibly
 
2020 COCONINO COUNTY FAIR WINS WFA AWARD
Coconino County Fair
 
The 2020 Coconino County Fair earned 1st Place AND Judge’s Choice for the Western Fairs Association Achievement Award Program! This is the third award the 2020 Coconino County Fair received.
 
We competed with other Class 1 Virtual Fairs in Western Fairs Association, which are fewer than 50,000 in total fair attendance.
Western Fairs Association felt it was important to continue their Achievement Awards Program, showcasing not only the creativity of their member fairs and service members, but the perseverance and dedication of our industry to our communities.
 
Thank you to Ricky Conway for leading the effort as Fair Manager, with much support from County Fair Superintendents, 4-H / Cooperative Extension, Northern Arizona Junior Livestock Association, and Parks & Recreation staff.
 
 
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