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 Arizona or (480) 425-7275.
• Pinnacle Peak Pedalers, (480) 204-1419
• Strada Racing Club, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Team RPM
• Mesa Eastern Pop Warner or (480) 844-6111
PARKS AND RECREATION
• Chandler Parks and Recreation, (480) 782-2715 or (480) 782-2735
• Tempe Parks and Recreation or call (480) 350-5200
• Mesa Parks and Recreation or call (480) 644-2352 (West District) or (480) 644-5300 (East District)
• Arizona Road Racers or (602) 954-8341
• The Mesa Soccer Club or (480) 858-5890
• Arcadia Scottsdale United Soccer Club or (602) 241-6771
RECREATION OPTIONS ACROSS THE EAST VALLEY TENNIS
• Mesa Desert Diving, email@example.com
• Dobson Area Soccer League or (480) 585-7684