Apache Junction makes camping easy, affordable

The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department will have the 2019 Superstition Sleepover Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3, at Prospector Park. Set-up starts at noon and activities begin at 3 p.m. The Superstition Sleepover is an event for family and friends with a limited budget looking to do something different, according to a city release. For $10 […]

Spring, summer season provides pool fun, job skills for young people

Fun at the pool also could mean employment for young people in Apache Junction. The Junior Lifeguard program is designed for ages 11-14 who work as volunteers and gain knowledge about what it takes to be a lifeguard or water safety instructor. “They will learn important skills that can transition them into a paying job […]

Apache Junction offers 2 self-defense classes for women

The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department will offer two self-defense classes for women February-April. Participants may choose from a one-night stand-alone class, or a six-week training session. No experience is necessary for either class. Classes will take place at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center and require registration. Practical Self-Defense for Women will be offered 6-8 […]

BLM evaluating Gold Canyon public land lease to Pinal County for proposed regional park

The Bureau of Land Management, Lower Sonoran Field Office, is processing a request from the Pinal County Board of Supervisors to lease approximately 498 acres of public lands for a regional park in Gold Canyon. The proposed Peralta Regional Park is southeast of East Ojo Road and East Peralta Road, according to a map from […]

Free spring 2019 Apache Junction parks and recreation guide available online

Looking for a class or new activity? The city of Apache Junction Parks and Recreation catalog for the spring 2019 season is available with the December 2018 issue at apachejunctionindependent.az.newsmemory.com and also at apachejunctionindependent.az.newsmemory.com/?special=AJ+Citizen. The Citizen lists the parks and recreation class offerings along with library programs and upcoming special events. The publication also includes […]

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 […]