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Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation, COBWRA partner for Family Fitness FunDay

DSC_0217_EditedOn Sunday, March 6, Palm Beach County residents of all ages came together for a “Sunday Funday” filled with hula hooping, dancing, yoga, rock climbing and other family-friendly activities intended to get everyone active and moving. Seniors, kids and adults took to Palm Beach County’s West Boynton Park and Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of an initiative to offer inter-generational fitness activities to the West Boynton community.

“In support of our department’s mission, we partnered with the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations [COBWRA] with the goal in mind of promoting health and wellness to people of all ages,” said Recreation Programs Supervisor Jackie Lambert.

The Family Fitness FunDay was an intergenerational event that featured an expansive menu of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Participants experienced aerobics, karate, yoga, tai chi, zumba and other activities available for all ages. Outdoors, kids enjoyed a bike rodeo, played soccer, got their faces painted, and more! The activities were accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

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Other community partners, including the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Palm Tran, Delray Medical, and Bethesda Hospital were present.DSC_0190_Edited

“Community partners came together to provide opportunities for physical activity, socialization and provided information about wellness resources and services to assist in identifying and supporting the health, safety, and well-being of all residents,” explained Lambert.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office conducted fingerprinting demonstrations and spoke to the public about safety issues. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue allowed children to draw on their fire trucks, simultaneously speaking to people of all ages about the parts of a fire truck and their duties as firefighters.

DSC_0180_Edited“Anytime you put together an event that brings the community together and promotes health and wellness that offers different ways to get moving, it’s beneficial,” said Palm Beach County Mayor Mary Lou Berger, who was present at the event, along with Commissioners Shelley Vana and Steven Abrams.

After giving an introduction speech to attendees, Berger took part in a zumba, hip hop and aerobic class. “It was a great workout,” said Berger.

According to COBWRA representatives, this was the first time COBWRA put on an event of this magnitude for the West Boynton Community. “We wanted to reach a broader community,” explained Valerie Fuldauer, a COBWRA community member. She, along with COBWRA chair Joan Brunswick and Vice Chair Debbie Murphy, say they came to Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation with the idea, and staff helped guide them through the entire process.

“They’ve been fabulous,” said Brunswick.

COBWRA officials say they hope to plan more events like Sunday’s Family Fitness FunDay in the future.

John Prince Park welcomed national, international athletes for 16th annual Knock and Roll Tournament

Wheelchair Rugby players from South Florida, Tampa, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Philadelphia, Jacksonville and Switzerland went head-to-head for the trophy in a three-day tournament at the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) Therapeutic Recreation Complex in Lake Worth.

Wheelchair Rugby, or Quad Rugby, is a game for individuals with disabilities; the players glide down the court, bumping and hitting each other’s chairs along the way, in what makes for an exciting and powerful sport meant to increase athletic participation among individuals with physical disabilities.

The CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex is owned and operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department and is located in John Prince Park at 2728 Lake Worth Road in Lake Worth. Providing for athletic programming and facilities is one of the department’s core services and it is firmly committed to the spirit of and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For more opportunities for healthy, happy living, visit www.pbcparks.com.

Watch the below video to hear from some of the athletes who competed, including our local team, the South Florida Rattlers.

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.

Parks & Recreation Team up with Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and Melanoma Foundation to Strike out Skin Cancer at South Florida Fair

IMG_1031On Saturday, January 16, Baseball Hall of Fame member Mike Schmidt and the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, unveiled Palm Beach County’s first BrightGuard™ Sunscreen Dispenser at the South Florida Fair and encouraged fairgoers to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Schmidt, a Palm Beach County resident who played 18 seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995, made a special appearance at Palm Beach County’s exhibit. The 12-time All-Star and three-time National League MVP shared his story about surviving stage 3 melanoma.

“I spent my life in the sun without protection. I am currently a melanoma survivor because I see my dermatologist regularly,” said Schmidt. “I have partnered with the Richard David Kann Foundation whose mission is to increase the awareness and importance of sun safety. This mission, to educate our young and old alike, is a perfect fit for me.”

A baseball theme was prevalent among Palm Beach County Fair exhibits in anticipation of the new spring training stadium in West Palm Beach and tied in to this year’s South Florida Fair theme: Discover The Palm Beaches.

“We think it is vitally important for people of all ages to use our parks and stay active, but also be sun safe,” said Parks and Recreation Director Eric Call.

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Fairgoers who visited Parks and Recreation’s exhibit at the Fair learned about the many services provided by the department, but also received SunSmart™ prevention and detection brochures and free sunscreen from the BrightGuard™ Sunscreen Dispenser, courtesy of Katzen Eye Care & Laser Center, before heading out to the midway.

“Parks and Recreation provides safe outdoor sports facilities and opportunities for youth enrichment,” said Lisa Richman, executive director at the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, “and for 20 years the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation has been empowering families to make the necessary sun safe choices for healthy lives while enjoying our beautiful outdoor venues.”

For more information about the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, contact Lisa Richman at (561) 655-9655 or visit http://www.melanomafoundation.com.

The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department operates more than 80 regional, district, community, beach, and neighborhood parks, spanning several thousand acres. Visit www.pbcparks.com to learn about opportunities for healthy, happy living.

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Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation awards check to local organization

It was an exciting day for one local organization as they accepted a check for more than $19,000 from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.DSC_9442

Endless Possibilities for the Disabled is a local non-profit group that provides social experiences through sports and recreation to improve the quality of life for persons living with disabilities. Their sports include boccia, goalball, handcycling, power soccer, sitting volleyball, sled hockey, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby, and are often played at Palm Beach County’s Therapeutic Recreation Complex in Lake Worth.

On October 20, the group was awarded a grant check in the amount of $19,500 from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The night included a speech from Alan T. Brown, the Director of Public Impact with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a check presentation, and a photo shoot with athletes from Endless Possibilities. After the presentation, the athletes wheeled around the court showing off their basketball skills in the wheelchairs.

“We just want to make sure that Chris and Dana’s dream of what they wanted for this community stays alive… and I’m honored to be here to give this check to Endless Possibilities and to make sure that there’s sports going on in Palm Beach County that weren’t normally here,” said Alan Brown.

DSC_9446By purchasing the basketball wheelchairs, the organization will now be able to start a basketball program. “To do the program before, we had to take money out of our own pockets, which is very minimal. This allows us to do so much more, to reach more people, to provide more programs,” said Endless Possibilities’ secretary, Charlie Brown.

The money will also be used to pay for ice time for the Sled Hockey team. “They reach so many people with paralysis on a daily basis, and that’s what we want to do, we want to make sure that this equipment is getting used and the ice time is getting used, that people are going to have a better quality of life.”

The county’s Therapeutic Recreation Complex has been beneficial in helping to fulfill the goals of Endless Possibilities. It provides the services and equipment necessary to provide adaptive sports to everyone, regardless of ability. “When the county built this property, it opened the lives for so many more people… they get active and they become part of society,” Charlie Brown said about the TR Complex.

The CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex is located at 2728 Lake Worth Road, and is owned and operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. For more leisure opportunities, visit www.pbcparks.com.

Endless Possibilities meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Therapeutic Recreation Center.

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