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Project Seahorse For Kids 2017

Dozens of #pbcPark Summer Camp Teens Swim, Snorkel under Blue Heron Bridge

On Tuesday, July 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., dozens of Summer Camp participants, Palm Beach County staff, and Project Seahorse for Kids volunteers gathered at Phil Foster Park to swim and snorkel under the Blue Heron Bridge.

Snorkel Day was a result of a summer-long partnership between Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation and Project Seahorse for Kids, where Palm Beach County teenagers from Westgate and West Boynton Recreation Centers learned to swim and snorkel, became comfortable wearing fins and snorkel masks, and learned about marine life and ways to contribute to conservation initiatives.

Project Seahorse for Kids teaches marine education to Palm Beach County kids and teens and encourages safe water practices and physical activity by teaching kids and teens to swim and snorkel. The goal of this partnership is to inspire youth to become stewards of the environment and encourage outdoor physical activity and water safety while allowing youth to discover unique marine life in Palm Beach County.

Phil Foster Park is located at 900 East Blue Heron Boulevard in Riviera Beach. The Blue Heron Bridge area is internationally recognized by scientists, scuba divers, underwater photographers, and snorkelers for its abundance of unique marine life. Squid, octopus, spotted rays, and starfish are regularly seen. A snorkel trail made of limestone boulders and prefabricated reef modules spans a two-acre area in 6 to 10 feet of water.

We make the quality of life for Palm Beach County residents and visitors better by providing diverse, safe and affordable recreation services, welcoming parks, and enriching social and cultural experiences. We achieve this by promoting wellness, fostering environmental stewardship, contributing economic value, and by improving our community every day for this and future generations.

For more opportunities for healthy, happy living, visit pbcParks.com.

Destination Recreation: John Prince Park Fitness Zone

Welcome to the second episode of Destination Recreation! We take you through different Palm Beach County parks and facilities in each episode – giving you a unique peek at what you can experience at our more than 80 locations throughout the County.

On this episode, we take you to the Fitness Zone inside John Prince Park in Lake Worth, a shaded area that offers 17 pieces of resistance exercise equipment that uses your own body weight to target and train specific muscle groups. The Fitness Zone is a popular, free amenity for people ages 14 and up, and it’s accessible by people of all abilities and fitness levels!

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We make the quality of life for Palm Beach County residents and visitors better by providing diverse, safe and affordable recreation services, welcoming parks, and enriching social and cultural experiences. We achieve this by promoting wellness, fostering environmental stewardship, contributing economic value, and by improving our community every day for this and future generations.

For more opportunities for healthy, happy living, visit pbcParks.com.

20th Annual West Fest brings Glades community together

Our partner, VSA Florida – Palm Beach County, an organization dedicated to providing, supporting and championing arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities, hosted their 20th Annual West Fest in the Glades area on February 10, 2017!

More than 400 elementary school students of all abilities, school faculty and high school volunteers from the Glades area enjoyed a day of hands-on art projects, music, and special performances.

VSA Volunteer Chairman Jayna Smith says the event brings the community together through art, and creates bonds between all students, regardless of ability.

“They are realizing that there are people in their communities who do have special needs and so therefore when they see them in the community they can say oh hey I saw you, it’s not just that you’re staring because that person looks different,” said Smith.

We make the quality of life for Palm Beach County residents and visitors better by providing diverse, safe and affordable recreation services, welcoming parks, and enriching social and cultural experiences. We achieve this by promoting wellness, fostering environmental stewardship, contributing economic value, and by improving our community every day for this and future generations.

For more opportunities for healthy, happy living, visit pbcParks.com.

Westgate community celebrated 10 years of family, community and diversity during Celebrate Westgate

A beautiful spring day in April set the scene for the 10th Annual Celebrate Westgate event at Westgate Park and Recreation Center in West Palm Beach. The event took place on Saturday, April 9, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

DSC_0030Celebrate Westgate is an annual community event that celebrates family, community, and diversity while enjoying a fun-filled day at the park.

As explained by Lee Powell, Manager of Westgate Park and Recreation Center, having such an event is important for the local community.

“It provides an opportunity for them to see all the agencies that are available and it also brings families together to enjoy a day at the park.” explained Powell.

Games, leisure activities, DJ entertainment, a water-splash pad, art tent, mural project, and social and community service exhibits were available for families to enjoy. Free food and drinks were also provided.

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Past Celebrate Westgate themes included “Blast from the Past,” “Safari in the Park,” and “Party in the Park.”  This year marked their 10th celebration, so the theme was 10 years of Celebrate Westgate.

Westgate Park and Recreation Center is operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department and is located at 3691 Oswego Avenue in West Palm Beach. Providing for youth enrichment, sports and athletic programming and facilities is one of the department’s core services. For more opportunities for healthy, happy living, visit www.pbcparks.com.

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New playground, fitness zone now open at Westgate Park & Recreation Center

WestgatePlayground20160319 (15)_Edited.jpgExcitement filled the air on the morning of Saturday, March 19 as hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the grand reopening of Palm Beach County’s Westgate Park and Recreation Center playground, an added fitness zone, and additions to an outdoor garden.

The event began at 10:00 a.m. with a bike rodeo for kids and families to enjoy, in celebration of Florida Bike Month. Children received bike inspections and bike safety presentations courtesy of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and showed off their skills by winding their way around a bicycle obstacle course; PBSO gave away 120 helmets this year, up from 35 last year. Jack the Bike Man was welcomed to the event, a local community member who restores bikes for donation. This year, he gave away bikes to four lucky kids in the community.WestgatePlayground20160319 (75)_edited

To further promote healthy living for the Westgate community, free health screenings were also available to all 200 participants during the event, courtesy of FAU Health Services.

At 11:00 a.m., the excitement continued with a ribbon-cutting ceremony which included County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, other Palm Beach County officials, and Westgate residents to celebrate the recent upgrades.

TWestgatePlayground20160319 (125)he playground, which reopened after a 4-month installation process, features areas for kids ages 2-5 and 5-12. The new playground allows for increased safety – it’s lined with playground grass and engineered mulch, and is accessible for all abilities. The tot swings and belt swings are suitable for both younger and older kids, and the Omnispin for kids ages 2-12 accommodates all physical capabilities.

While kids are playing, adults can enjoy a new 10-piece fitness zone with a view of the playground to keep an eye on their little ones. Designed to look like equipment that can be found in a professional health club, the exercise equipment allows for adults to keep healthy at no cost, regardless of shape, size or fitness level. The equipment is available every day from sunrise to sunset.IMG_7725
Lee Powell, Manager of Westgate Park and Recreation Center, said parents and kids are thrilled about all the new additions. “It provides a multi-faceted family environment… now they can come as a family and really truly enjoy the playground, the splashpark, and the fitness zone,” explained Powell.

Also included in the new upgrades is the outdoor garden, which was expanded to include a U-shaped permanent concrete planter accessible from all sides. Right now, teens and seniors from the Westgate community are tending to the thriving garden, planting tomatoes, beans and other vegetables, and the facility hopes to receive more participation with the garden from community members.

“The improvements at Westgate Park and Recreation Center provide opportunities for families to play, learn and grown healthy and happy together,” said Priscilla Taylor, Palm Beach County District 7 Commissioner.

WestgatePlayground20160319 (20)This event was one of many being held in celebration of Florida Bicycle Month, a month dedicated to encouraging bike safety and to increase commuting via bicycling, carpooling, and other means of transportation to cut down on emissions.

Westgate Park and Recreation Center is operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department and is located at 3691 Oswego Avenue in West Palm Beach. Providing for youth enrichment, sports and athletic programming and facilities is one of the department’s core services. For more opportunities for healthy, happy living, visit www.pbcparks.com.

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Iconic DuBois Pioneer Home now reopen to public

On March 2, 2016, the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department hosted its grand reopening of the DuBois Pioneer Home in Palm Beach County’s DuBois Park, located at 19075 DuBois Road in Jupiter.

The home suffered damage during hurricanes in 2004 and 2005, and the historical landmark was closed in 2008 to repair the damage. After interior and exterior renovations, including a new roof, stabilization of Native American Midden, restoration of interior woodwork, among other restorations, the home is reopen to the public, with tours available to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Watch this short video to learn why the iconic Palm Beach County home is a top destination for history lovers.

Palm Beach County Pools welcome College Swimmers

For three weeks in December and January, College Swim Teams from around the country travel to Palm Beach County’s Aqua Crest Pool and North County Aquatic Complex to train for the fall season. The teams travel from as far west as Iowa to as far north as Michigan to escape frigid temperatures that make it difficult to train. As students from Michigan State and New York’s Wagner College explain, Palm Beach County’s palm trees and beaches allow them to take a mental break during the winter.

Aqua Crest Pool and North County Aquatic Complex are owned and operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. Providing for athletic programming and facilities is one of the core services of the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. For more opportunities, visit www.pbcparks.com.