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Destination Recreation 6: Boating

Welcome to the sixth 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 tell you all about one of the most popular amenities in Palm Beach County — boating! Learn about where to go, what activities you can enjoy, and what you need to do if you’re parking your boat trailer at a PBC Park. Let’s head out on the water!

Don’t miss an episode – follow pbcParks on WordPress or subscribe to our YouTube channel to see each episode of Destination Recreation, which is released monthly.

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.

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.

#pbcParks Contributes to Economic Development

The economic power of Palm Beach County Parks extends far beyond creating jobs and increasing property values. PBC Parks generates millions of dollars in economic benefit for the county by welcoming crowds of sports fans to a number of ball fields, hosting top local and national performers at amphitheaters, and maintaining popular locations for eco-tourism activities, among other things.

The Office of Public Engagement created this Public Service Announcement to show the multitude of ways PBC Parks contributes to the economic benefit of Palm Beach County. The video includes original artwork and animation created by intern Carlos Duenas, Jr. with a voice over by Public Relations Specialist Bibi Baksh.

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!

Don’t miss an episode – follow pbcParks on WordPress or subscribe to our YouTube channel to see each episode of Destination Recreation, which is released monthly.

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.

#pbcParks Contributes to Environmental Sustainability

The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department strives to keep the plants and animals that contribute to important ecosystems thriving for generations. Our efforts help reveal a connection between park visitors and natural environments to create an appreciation and promote stewardship – because everyone deserves a healthy home.

The Office of Public Engagement created this 60-second public service announcement to depict our devotion to promoting and protecting Palm Beach County’s beautiful environmental spaces. The video includes original artwork and animation created by intern Carlos Duenas, Jr. with a voice over by Public Relations Specialist Bibi Baksh.

The mission of the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department is to 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.

Visit pbcParks.com for more information.

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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