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Summer is all about fun

Its summer again it gets here quicker every year. Here are a few ideas to help keep your kids busy and active this summer:

The skate park will now be located on Battlement Mesa at the Saddleback Recreation Area near Bea Underwood Elementary School, in the lower Tamarisk Trail and Silverton Court area, near the old ball fields. Work begins on the park this week! Hopefully, the park will be complete by mid-June. The Park and Rec District want to thank the following companies for providing funding to help re-erect the skate park: EnCana Oil and Gas, Beattie Wildlife Consulting Inc., Roustabout Specialties Inc., SEM Construction Co., Stateline Trucking, Uintah Engineering & Land Surveying, Speedy Heavy Hauling, MB Construction Inc., Willbros. Mt. West Fabrication Inc., LaFarge Concrete, Tisco Inc., and Energy Equipment Supply & Services.Kids cant wait to skate!

Youth baseball and softball is starting for boys and girls ages 8-15. Games are played in and out of town. This is a league that encompasses towns from Aspen to Parachute. There will be two baseball teams for ages 8-10, two teams for ages 11-12, one 8- 10-year-old softball team and one 13- 15-year-old softball team. Practices begin in late May and games will be in June and July. Call the office at 285-0388 for team availability.

Youth golf begins for ages 8-17. Practices are Mondays, beginning on June 13, through July 18, with no practice on July 4. There are different times for different age groups. The tournament is Tuesday, July 26. The $50 fee includes a 10-punch pass for 18 holes of golf and $1 in range tokens. The punch pass cannot be used unless signed by the golf staff and/or accompanied by an adult. Youth must provide their own clubs. Sign up by June 8 at the Park and Rec District Office.

The fee for adult co-ed recreational softball is $515 per team. This is a recreation league the league will be formed once there are four teams registered and paid. Call the Park and Rec District office at 285-0388 for a complete set of rules and regulations.

Fall youth soccer registration for U10, U12 and U14 is taking place now. Sign up soon to guarantee your child a spot on a team. The fee is $50 to participate, and a $35 refundable uniform fee is required. Soccer practice begins in late August, and games end in late October.

Sign up for swim lessons at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. The first session is June 6-20, and the second session is June 20-30. Lessons are from 8-8:45 a.m. The cost is $36 per session per child, and payment is due at time of registration. Register by May 31 at the front desk of the Activity Center.

The Activity Center is hosting Summer Fun Days. This is like a mini-camp full of swimming and games, running from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays from June 7 through July 12. Summer fun days are for kids second grade (starting second grade in the fall) through fifth grade. The cost is $5.50 per child per day, or $33 for all six days. These fun days will include dodgeball, volleyball, trail hikes, tumbling, water-balloon fights and more. Lunch is included, and the afternoons will be full of swimming.

The Battlement Mesa Activity Centers annual Touch-a-Truck was a huge success, according to my grandsons. They love climbing into all the big trucks and blowing the horns. I forget from year to year just how loud truck horns really are when youre standing right next to a truck. Thanks, Uncle Jeff, from Tylor and Andrew! The bump n jump was a wonderful addition, as was the barbecue tent. Fran Storm and Anne Huber, you did a great job once again.Mary Moores Grand Valley News runs every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail her at

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