Camp Verde Parks & Recreation’s
Parade of Lights Drive Through Event

Cancelled

The Town of Camp Verde Parks and Recreation has made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Christmas Parade of Lights Drive-thru version due to lack of parade entries. After cancelling the original Light Parade, Parks and Recreation staff came up with a plan for a drive-thru event where the floats and parade entries were stationary and the “crowd” could drive thru, keeping everyone safe.  Staff understands the community’s desire to have opportunities and worked hard to make this event happen, with cooperation and a lot of work completed by the Streets and Maintenance Departments at the Camp Verde Sports Complex. However, with only 4 parade entries as of 3:00 on Thursday, we had to make a decision. Parades take community involvement in the form of parade entries and crowd, but without parade entries, there is no event. We did have discussion about trying to have another form of this event, but at this point, it is hard to get the word out to the community and also hard for staff to scramble and put together a successful event.

Parks and Recreation looks forward to next year and the hope that we can get back to more normal activities and events very soon.

Please know that we do not take lightly our decision to cancel or postpone any program or event, and we will continue to monitor our local situation as we move forward. If we can reschedule these events at a later time or with other modifications to make them safer we will. Our goal is to continue to monitor conditions and provide programming opportunities that are as safe as possible for all involved. Feel free to contact us at parks@campverde.az.gov or 928-554-0820 Option # 3.

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation’s annual
Christmas Craft Bazaar Canceled

The Town of Camp Verde Parks and Recreation has made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Christmas Craft Bazaar. This event was set for December 12th but after much discussion, this decision was made based primarily on the fact that the COVID numbers are rising sharply in our community and are headed to rates comparable or higher than this summer. When making decisions like this, staff focuses on our mission to provide quality opportunities to our diverse population and at this time we feel the risk is too great to the community as a whole. We are concerned for the safety and well-being of our community members, vendors, volunteers and staff, and maintain that uppermost in our decision process.  Staff understands the community’s desire to have opportunities and a return to normalcy but at this time based on current and projected conditions we feel that holding these events is not appropriate.

Please know that we do not take lightly our decision to cancel or postpone any program or event, and we will continue to monitor our local situation as we move forward. If we can reschedule these events at a later time or with other modifications to make them safer we will. Our goal is to continue to monitor conditions and provide programming opportunities that are as safe as possible for all involved. Feel free to contact us at parks@campverde.az.gov or 928-554-0820 Option # 3 for more information.