Running program teaches boys more than physical skills

Let Me Run is a program designed to inspire boys through the power of running, and it begins next week in Apache Junction. The goal is to teach them “to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships and to live an active lifestyle,” according to a release from the city. With a […]

Arizona could lose millions without federal grant program for outdoor recreation

Richard Bruner loves Lost Dutchman State Park, nestled at the base of the Superstition Mountains. “Just the beauty of it. It’s amazing out here,” the retired Floridian said after a 5-mile morning walk. “When you get higher up, you can hear the wind blow. When there’s nobody around, there’s no sounds. There’s nothing like that.” […]

Fall Concerts in the Park return to Apache Junction

The city of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation department is gearing up for its 2018 Fall Concerts in the Park series where residents can bring blanket or lawn chair and attend an afternoon of music. The Fall Series of Concerts in the Park will feature the musical sounds of three different bands, according to a […]

Full moon hikes Aug. 25, Sept. 22 at Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction

A guided 2.5-mile hike on Jacob’s Crosscut Trail at the base of the mysterious Superstition Mountains will be held 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 22, at Lost Dutchman Park, 6109 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. Meet at the Cholla day-use area. “Lost Dutchman is absolutely beautiful at night and the full […]

New season brings food trucks, discounts to aquatic center

The Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center is preparing to open Saturday, May 26, for a season of events and a new feature – food truck vendors. Most important, according to a release from Apache Junction Parks and Recreation, is being safe around water. To help, the city is offering swim lessons for ages 6 months and […]

Free city parks and rec guide available online

Looking for a class or new activity? The city of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation catalog for the fall season is available at http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Arizona. The “Citizen” lists the parks and recreation class offerings along with library programs and upcoming special events.

More than 9,500 prize-filled eggs at city’s annual holiday event

The city of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department invites the community to participate in its annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 26, on the softball fields at Prospector Park, 3015 N. Idaho Road. More than 9,500 prize-filled eggs will be hidden in the open for youngsters to find, according to a press release.

There will be an appearance by the Easter Bunny as well as game booths hosted by nonprofit organizations, a petting zoo, bounce houses, train rides and vendors.

The free egg hunt is open to all kids up to 17 years of age. The hunt is divided up into separate age groups: 2 and under, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12 and 13-17. Special prizes will be given to those who find a token in the egg during the hunt. Participants should bring his or her own Easter basket to carry all the goodies.

There will be other activities and games sponsored by local nonprofit organizations available during and after the egg hunt. Most will cost a small fee to participate. Bring a camera to take a picture with the Easter Bunny.

Exit 40 to rock out free concert in Apache Junction

The free concert series presented by Apache Junction Parks and Recreation and Sonlite Productions will have its season finale Saturday, March 19, with the band Exit 40.

Exit 40 will perform old-time rock ‘n’ roll and country music from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park Gazebo, 1001 N. Idaho Road, on the northeast corner of Idaho and Superstition Boulevard.

Concert-goers are advised to bring a lawn chair, family and friends to enjoy the outdoor concert.

In the event of bad weather, the concert will be moved to the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road.

For more information on this or other programs and services, call the parks and recreation department at 480-983-2181 or visit its website.

City of Apache Junction names Langenbach new parks director

Liz Langenbach, a 20-year veteran of the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department, has been named director of the department, only the second director in the city’s history.

Ms. Langenbach, who grew up in the city, graduated from Apache Junction High School and has been the department’s recreation superintendent since 2000. She was ratified as parks director by the city council at its meeting Tuesday, March 1.

“It is wonderful to see someone like Ms. Langenbach take over our parks and recreation department,” Apache Junction Mayor John Insalaco said in a press release. “She grew up here, taking part in parks programs and then working under the only parks director we have ever had. She has lived it and now will lead us in the next generation of the department.”

Ms. Langenbach takes over for Jeff Bell who is retiring March 4 after 35 years of service to the city. Mr. Bell was the Apache Junction’s first parks department employee and parks director since shortly after the city was incorporated in 1978.

As director, Mr. Bell has overseen the creation of the city’s parks and recreational facilities, including Prospector Park, Silly Mountain Park, the Rodeo Event Center, Superstition Shadows Park, Skatepark and Aquatic Center, the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center and numerous other park and open space facilities/amenities.

For those who would like to wish him well, Mr. Bell should be in his office at 1001 N. Idaho Road tomorrow morning, March 3. City offices are closed on Fridays. People may call the office at 480-983-2181 and press prompt 1.

The city council is planning to recognize Mr. Bell for his years of service during its April 5 regular meeting. City council meetings take place starting at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the council chambers, 300 E. Superstition Blvd.

Free city parks and rec guide available online

Looking for a class or new activity? The city of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation catalog for the winter/spring season is available. The “Citizen” lists the parks and recreation class offerings for the months of January through April, along with library programs and upcoming special events.

The publication also includes safety programs that the police department provides in their mission of protecting lives and property. The city plans to distribute the summer catalog in April – it will be full of fun things for kids to do during summer vacation and our popular swimming lessons.

The Citizen is a resource to find activities for all ages to do in the City of Apache Junction.

The publication is being distributed by the Apache Junction Independent and also is available at the AJ Parks and Recreation Office, 1001 N. Idaho Road, and the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road.

It can also be viewed electronically by visiting the city’s website.