Game Changer Pompey Park’s Senior Club Celebrates Five Years

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By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
For the past five years, parks and recreation supervisor Verna Harris has been keeping Delray Beach’s seniors busy.
As senior programs coordinator, a position Harris created for the program she oversees, she plans field trips, activities and seminars for the over-the-hill crowd at Pompey Park.
“I didn’t see an active senior club in the city,” Harris said.
So, she set out to change that. With her supervisor, she created a proposal to bring to the city commission. The idea was to give seniors a place to keep their minds and bodies active.
Pompey Park was already a designated as a drop-off location for free Mae Volen Senior Center-sponsored lunches.
“The seniors were already coming here to eat,” Harris said. “Why not have a place where they can enjoy activities?”
Harris has been planning Friday field trip, safety lectures from the police department and arts-and-crafts projects ever since. Seniors play Bingo, dominos and card games. They mentor students from Boynton Beach High School.
“I have a passion for seniors,” Harris said. “It has become more than a job. My heart is into this. I have great compassion for our seniors.”
Prior to working for the city, Harris worked with seniors in the medical field.
“You gain a lot of wisdom and knowledge from seniors,” she said. “They are my guidance. They mentor me. I don’t have parents anymore. They are my parents. We learn from each other.”
She said about 40 seniors regularly head to Pompey Park for her programs that run Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For bigger seminars and lectures that number grows to over 100. She said her last health event drew a crowd of 120 seniors.
Last month, the club celebrated Father’s Day in conjunction with its quarterly birthday celebration.
For more information on the Senior Club, visit mydelraybeach.com and select Parks and Recreation under the department tab.