APRIL 25, 2012

Phoenix Swim Class registration opens Thursday, May 3; Pools open May 26; 28 pools open this summer

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Registration opens Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. for the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s full schedule of affordable swim classes and teams. Swim lessons cost just $15. The full 2012 swim lesson schedule now is viewable online, along with comprehensive pool information, at phoenix.gov/parks. Information also is available by phone at 602-534-6587 or by sending email to aquatics.pks@phoenix.gov. Those interested can sign up online with any major credit card or in person at any department community center when registration opens.

Twenty eight city pools will be open this summer, up from 20 open the last three summers.

Teaching kids to swim is one of the three pillars of child water safety and is a key part of the Parks and Recreation Department’s water safety mission. This year the department is using a new swim lesson program known as the “Starfish Swim School”.  This program was developed by Starfish Aquatics Institute which is one of the largest lifeguard, swim instructor and pool operator certifying agencies in the United States.  The new program descriptions should make it easier for parents to find a class that fits their child’s ability and needs.

Pools open for the 2012 season on Memorial Day weekend, May 26 to May 28 from 1 to 7 p.m. Pools then will reopen for full summer operating hours on June 2 from 1 to 7 p.m. The 2012 season will run through July 29. Regular hours will be 1 to 7 p.m. six days a week (all pools will be closed Fridays).

Daily admission is $3 for adults and $1 for seniors age 50 and over and youth age 17 and under. A season pass for a family of four is $75 ($7 for each additional family member). A pass for an individual senior or youth is $20; adult passes cost $30. The Kool Kids program is back again this summer, bringing free pool admission to all youths ages 17 and under at select city pools. Kool Kids is made possible through the generous financial support of the Oakland A’s, Milwaukee Brewers, Salt River Project, Watermill Express, and Subway, Pepsi.

APRIL 25, 2012

Nominations sought for Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame

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PHOENIX – Nominations for induction into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame are being sought by Wildlife for Tomorrow. The deadline is May 11 at 5 p.m.

The nonprofit foundation established the award and induction event in 1998 to recognize individuals, corporations, organizations and others who have made significant, consistent and lasting contributions to benefit Arizona’s wildlife, the welfare of its natural resources, and the state’s outdoor heritage. Nominations for the award will be reviewed by the foundation’s board of directors and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

This year’s inductees will be honored Aug. 25 at the foundation’s 15th annual banquet at the Chaparral Suites Scottsdale, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road.

Past inductees have been individuals with backgrounds in wildlife volunteerism, corporate leadership, politics, wildlife art, and the media, including Ben Avery, Barry Goldwater, Morris K. Udall, Bill Quimby and Tom Woods, as well as groups and organizations such as Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Volunteers, Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club, Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project.

Wildlife for Tomorrow was created in 1990 to enhance the management, protection and enjoyment of Arizona’s fish and wildlife resources. The foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with Game and Fish to provide additional support for projects and education activities where traditional resources are not adequate.
For a nomination form and requirements (people submitting nominations are asked to include a detailed biographical sketch of the nominee) and a look at previous winners, please go to: www.azgfd.gov/w_c/ArizonaOutdoorHallofFame.shtml.

You may mail your nomination to:
Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation
c/o Arizona Game and Fish Department
Attn: Ben Alteneder, DOHQ
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086

Nominations also may be submitted by fax to (623) 236-7903, or by e-mail to Ben Alteneder at BAlteneder@azgfd.gov. For further information, call (623) 236-7334.

For more information about Wildlife for Tomorrow, visit www.wildlifefortomorrow.org.