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VOL. 31 NO. 1                                    FAX 561-624-9088 • E-MAIL                                       JANUARY 2021

             On behalf of the PGA POA Board of Governors and Staff

                                                 we want to wish all of you

                                         a happy and HEALTHY New Year.

                         Thank you for all you do to make our jobs easier

                        and for your patience over this past difficult year.

      Commissioner’s Update

      Make Fitness A Priority                            facilities, including athletic facilities, campsites, trails and      • Carlin Park is a great place to visit the beach, play
                                                         beaches, as well as two water parks. These parks include   some tennis, or have a small family picnic, and now offers
      By County Commissioner                             more than 8,000 acres of land for residents and visitors   a free, new “Functional Fitness” program outdoors for
      Maria Marino                                       to explore, offering more than 50 miles of trails.  adults and seniors. See the calendar and register at:
         One of the highest                                 The county expands its reach in offering programs
      priorities for our community                       accessible to all residents through public/private   EventDispForm.aspx?ID=1017.0.2020-12-07T13:30:00Z
      in my view is to expand                            partnerships  with  nearly  500  teams,  leagues,  service   &Source=https%3A%2F%2Fdiscover%2Epbcgov%2Eor
      and enhance our parks                              clubs, agencies, homeowner associations, neighborhood   g%2Fparks%2FLists%2FEventsCalendar%2FGeneralCo
      and recreation systems                             groups, schools, companies and nonprofit organizations.   mmunity%2Easpx&ContentTypeId=0x0102007E5E79B
      for the health and well-                           Whether you are interested in having your child play in   C7D09B14D9EBE35EF456801ED.
      being of our children and                          a league sport, enroll in a summer camp, or just increase      • Infrastructure Sales Surtax dollars funded a recent
      families. This has become                          their time outdoors, there is a wide array of options in   renovation of Juno Park’s playground on Ellison Wilson
      even more critical given                           our community.                                    Road.
      the gravitation to remote                             Here are just a few of the exciting happenings in Palm      • Small groups of volunteers are getting outdoors to
      learning and working over the past year. Getting outdoors   Beach County parks in District 1:        help clean our county public park beaches with an eye
      and being active is extremely important for mental and      • The Gardens North County District Park is meeting   toward eliminating discarded plastics that wash ashore,
      physical health, and research has shown that students   the need for additional multipurpose fields for soccer   contributing to a healthy environment while enhancing
      perform better scholastically when their days include   and other field sports. A partnership of the City of Palm   their own physical fitness. Friends of Jupiter Beach has
      time for recreation.                               Beach Gardens with Palm Beach County brought this to   regularly scheduled small group cleanups for youth,
         Recent studies performed by UNICEF, the  British   fruition. Phase 2 of the project will include a state-of-  family and individual participation. You can obtain more
      Journal  of  Sports  Medicine, and sporting marketing   the-art indoor recreation facility and will be constructed   information at
      surveys have revealed some startling statistics:   through a public/private partnership between the city, the      • County Parks’ staff produced several videos for you
         • The United States ranks last – 38th out of 38 rich   county and a not-for-profit foundation.    to  enjoy  at  home,  featuring  yoga,  animal  encounters,
      countries in the physical health of our children, and 32nd      • Limestone Creek Park, one of our oldest neighborhood   workouts, DIY activities and more. Check out all the
      out of 38 countries in mental health and well-being  parks, just received a basketball court expansion with new   videos on PBC Parks TV (
         • Children in the United States ranked 47th out of 50   backboards. Resident input will help finalize plans for      As an athlete since my youth and a professional golfer,
      countries in fitness                               native landscaping.                               I know first-hand how physical activity enriches our
         • Ninety-three percent of children in the United States      • West Jupiter Recreation Center plans to host JTAA   health, our quality of life and stimulates learning, and I
      are not active according to CDC physical activity standards  basketball and volleyball youth sports programs this   look forward to developing additional programs to help
         • Sixty-two percent of all children in America cannot   winter with additional COVID-19 protocols in place.   our children, families and seniors stay active.
      afford to play sports                                 • North County Aquatic Complex has worked closely      Please contact me with your ideas and let me know
         • Inactivity leading to major physical and mental health   with youth swim and dive teams, master swimmers,   how I can assist you. You can reach me at (561) 355-2201
      issues is dramatically higher in low-income families  water aerobics and public participants to allow safe   or by email at
         We can help change these statistics for the better by   continued activity at the
      getting the word out about Palm Beach County’s award-  pool, allowing for fitness
      winning Parks and Recreation Department facilities and   and achievement in aquatic
      programs. The county operates 110 parks and recreation   sports.
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