Pompey Park Open House Charrette Showcases Activities, Programs

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By Dave DiPino Contributing Writer The City of Delray Beach Parks & Recreation Department Open House and Charrette at Pompey Park showcased the youth and senior activities programs at this popular municipal recreation area and community hub located in the heart of the city’s northwest neighborhood. Over 100 city residents, supporters, city staff and youth athletes, crowded into the Open House and Charrette to make suggestions and ask questions about Pompey Park’s past, present and future. New ideas for the park included a community bike ride. One city resident asked about the pool being closed this summer when students are off from school and was corrected. A parks and recreation staff member told the resident although some planned programs and activities limit areas of use, the pool is always open to the public. Pompey Park is located at 1102 NW Second Street. Another resident asked about the availability of an after school or afternoon education hour for students and without delay parks and recreation staff gave information on an ongoing math and reading programs currently ongoing at Pompey Park. It was evident early on the Pompey Park Charrette was a success in matching parents and residents with options for leisure, curriculum and play. The activities and programs showcased at the Open House and Charrette at Pompey Park included: Delray Rocks Football, Delray Rocks Youth Cheerleading, Pompey Park Seniors Club, USA Netball Association, Blazing Elite Track Stars, Delray Lady Blazers (girls basketball), Delray Divas, Delray Blazers (boys basketball) Unity Dance Team, Delray Beach American Little League Baseball, Diamonds and Pearls Dance Team, Delray Beach Pickleball and World Tiger And Crane – Grow, Run, Karate – Do Organization. Some of the city dignitaries attending the Open House and Charrette at Pompey Park included Delray Beach Chief of Police Jeffrey Goldman, City of Delray Beach Deputy Vice Mayor Al Jacquet and City of Delray Beach Commissioner Mitch Katz. Delray Beach Parks and Recreation hosted the event. A dozen Park and Recreation staff members were available to answer questions including Recreation Superintendent, Alberta Gaum- Rickard, CPRP. While some teams and programs used the Open House and Charrette at Pompey Park to highlight successes, others used the platform to raise awareness about their plight. One of the most interesting stories from the event was the Delray Lady Blazers basketball team, a youth basketball team with players age 12 and under team. “In nine years we’ve only had the money and sponsorship to enter two national tournaments. We won one of the national tournaments and in the other we were runner-up. These girls haven’t hesitated in the past to wash cars in the hot sun to raise money for the Lady Blazers program. But, they are student-athletes so the majority of their free time is spent studying first and then basketball practice. The Lady Blazers could really use a sponsor to help them attend more national tournaments in the future,” Lady Blazers Coach Rod Johnson said. Delray Rocks Football Coach Bernard Wright asked the community to support him in his goal for the upcoming season. “Fill the stands!” Coach Wright said. Pompey Park recreation supervisors took the opportunity at the occasion to inform residents about a successful camping trip the staff took students ages 10-11 on recently to Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound. The trip focused on hiking, tours of the state park and education on the environment. Rashod Smith, Delray Beach Parks & Recreation Acting Site Supervisor – Pompey Park, said a Basketball All-Stars camp featuring two former NBA Basketball players from 1-4 p.m., the first two weeks in June, is now open for registration at Pompey Park for ages 8-17. Smith also said a Father and Son Day tiled: Super Heroes and Kids day will take place June 12, at Pompey Park with motivational speakers, artists, activities and community outreach. For more information call Pompey Park at 561-243-7356 or visit: http://mydelraybeach.com/parks-and-recreation/locations/pompeypark or find on Facebook by searching: POMPEY PARK RECREATION CENTER.