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Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 5:41 pm | Updated: 9:57 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

For newcomers it might seem a bit incongruous that Arizona, which generally conjures desert images, is becoming a haven for water sports.

While the East Valley remains a popular venue for the types of recreation you might normally associate with the desert — hiking, cycling, golf, etc. — the presence of Tempe Town Lake has spawned a burst of popularity for urban recreational activities such as rowing, sailing and triathlons.

The East Valley’s mild winter climate, in combination with its abundance of public lands, makes it more expedient to list the types of recreational opportunities not available in the area than to provide the litany of things that are available.

The list: Snow skiing, surfing.

For anything else under the sun, it’s simply a matter of plugging in.

A good place to start is your city’s parks and recreation department. Another good resource is available online at Get Set AZ| which provides calendar listings for a wide variety of events open to the public throughout the state.

The Tribune’s recreation page, published in the sports section each Wednesday, also provides information on how to get involved in your favorite recreational sport.

RECREATION OPTIONS ACROSS THE EAST VALLEY

Here are some of the organizations that cater to recreational sports interests:

BASEBALL

Baseball Arizona or (480) 425-7275.

BASKETBALL

Advantage Basketball camp

DART

AZDarts

Scottsdale Darts Association

CYCLING

• Pinnacle Peak Pedalers, (480) 204-1419

Phoenix Hash House Harriers

East Valley Runners

Honeywell Cycling

• Strada Racing Club, info@domenicscycling.com

ProCon Cycling

White Mountain Road Club

Bicycle Ranch

Pinnacle Peak Racing

Team RPM

Greater Arizona Bicycling Association

FOOTBALL

Scottsdale Pop Warner

Mesa Eastern Pop Warner or (480) 844-6111

Pop Warner Superstition Football Association

Arizona Football League

PARKS AND RECREATION

Scottsdale Recreational Leagues

• Chandler Parks and Recreation, (480) 782-2715 or (480) 782-2735

Tempe Parks and Recreation or call (480) 350-5200

Gilbert Parks and Recreation

Mesa Parks and Recreation or call (480) 644-2352 (West District) or (480) 644-5300 (East District)

RUGBY

Scottsdale Blue Rugby Club

Cave Creek Critters Rugby

RUNNING

Arizona Road Racers or (602) 954-8341

SOCCER

The Mesa Soccer Club or (480) 858-5890

Scottsdale United Amateur Soccer League

Gilbert Soccer Club

Arcadia Scottsdale United Soccer Club or (602) 241-6771

SWIMMING

Scottsdale Aquatic Club

RECREATION OPTIONS ACROSS THE EAST VALLEY TENNIS

Red Mountain Hockey Club

Arizona Tennis Association

Local Volleyball Leagues

Scottsdale Volleyball Leagues

Coyotes Curling Club

• Mesa Desert Diving, mesadivers1@juno.com

YMCA Valley of the Sun YMCA

Dobson Area Soccer League or (480) 585-7684

OTHER

Kick Kids soccer

Scottsdale Cricket Club

World Adult Kickball Association, Arizona Fire, Division

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