Rec News May 26, 2004 

BIKE, BOAT AND THEN HAVE A BITE

Idaho's newest mountain bike park is now open at Tamarack Resort. As of May 22 special dinners can be reserved at the Trailhead Café, and a new, guided lake kayaking and lake motor-cruise program will open on Memorial Day weekend. Tamarack Resort, 90 miles north of Boise on the shores of Lake Cascade, is the first all-season ski, golf and lake resort to be permitted in the United States in 22 years. Reservations for guided activities can be made by calling 208-325-1000. For more information, please see www.tamarackidaho.com.

GOT SOCCER?

The Got Milk? 3v3 Soccer Shootout will be held June 5-6 at Boise Capital Soccer Complex in Boise. The weekend festival offers competitive 3v3 soccer for all ages and skill levels and several soccer-themed special events at no extra cost including the Ultimate Soccer Mom contest for a chance to appear in a Milk Mustache ad. Local soccer players may form teams of up to five members for $125 entry fee per team and must register by May 26. Discounted registration ($10 discount) forms can be picked up at Toys "R" Us and nondiscount online registration can be found at www.gotmilk3v3soccer.com.

BE AN ATHLETIC SUPPORTER!

The Athlete's Foot, Flicks Movie Theatres, Etonic Shoes and the Relay for Life will host world-class runner Bill Rodgers—four-time winner of the Boston and New York City marathon and member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team—followed by a showing of No Tomorrow on June 8 at 7 p.m. A silent auction will be held and for a small donation to the American Cancer Society, Rodgers will be signing autographs. Tickets are available for a $15 donation. Contact The Athlete's Foot, 1752 W. State St.; Flicks Movie Theatres, 646 Fulton St.; or The American Cancer Society, 2676 Vista Ave.

DIVE, DIVE, DIVE!

American Red Cross swimming lessons will be offered to kids this summer at Boise's six municipal outdoor pools. Online registration is available through May 26 at www.cityofboise.org/parks. Classes will be taught by certified instructors and cost $28 for residents, $42 for non-residents. Registration will not be accepted May 27-31. Starting June 1, walk-in registration will be available at pool locations only. For more information call 384-4486.

HOT SPRINGS CLOSED

After the death of 24-year-old Horseshoe Bend man on May 15, the BLM is signing an Emergency Closure of a public hot springs in Boise County known as "Skinny Dipper Hot Springs." The closure comes at the request of Boise County Sheriff Drew Brodie. "After numerous previous injuries ... and the recent fatality, I've asked the BLM to close the hot springs for public safety reasons from sunset to sunrise," said Brodie. The 24-year-old man fell to his death from a cliff along the trail leading to the hot springs just after midnight.

WHATCHA WATCHIN'?

The Idaho State Watchable Wildlife Committee officially released the revised Idaho Wildlife Viewing Guide and its companion education poster at the Idaho Governor's Conference on Recreation and Tourism in Twin Falls, Idaho. The guide features 100 of Idaho's best wildlife view sites and includes location descriptions, helpful view tips, best visiting times, photographs, maps, directions and contact information. The guide is $11.95, the poster is free. Both are available through Idaho Department of Fish and Game offices. Call (208) 334-3700 or visit the Web site at www.fishandgame.idaho.gov.

BAUMGARTNER BRIDGE BACK

The bridge that crosses the South Fork of the Boise River to the Baumgartner Campground is now rehabilitated and open to the public again. Ann Frost, Resource Specialist for the Fairfield Ranger District, stated, "We plan on having Baumgartner Campground open beginning May 21 ... campsites will be available on a first come, first serve basis until Memorial Day Weekend. Then beginning with this holiday weekend, campsites can be reserved through the national reservation system." Make reservations at 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.ReserveUSA.com.

—Compiled by Amy Atkins

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