PBCE grassroots park and playground.
The Margaret Berman Memorial Park will be located on the
northeast corner of 69th Dr. and 155th Pl. in Palm Beach Country Estates,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL. This 2.2 acre plot of land was donated
by the Berman family in memory of Margaret Berman who adored
this neighborhood and always felt that the children should have a
safe place to play. In the summer of 2009, the South Indian Water
Control District will own and maintain this property.
To date, volunteers have donated their time to park planning,
fundraising, and lot preparation. The park and amenities will
be built in stages as money is raised. First, the county
required lot development and landscaping will occur
followed by The Twisty Pines Playground. The
county-approved plans also include a walking path, exercise
station, large picnic pavilion, small shade pavilions, open field area, half basketball court and
racquetball court. The Twisty Pines Playground will be the focal point of the park.
|Who will Benefit from this Park
The benefits are far-reaching. Once the park is built, children will
have an exciting and fun playground in our own neighborhood where they can play. Parents will be able to gather and socialize knowing their children are playing in a safe environment. As one of the few fenced-in parks in the area,
families will have greater security when they come to play. The
benefits of fitness will also be extended to adults because of the
fitness path, half basketball court,
racquetball court and open field area.
This park has already provided our community with benefits we
never expected. Grass roots fundraisers such as yard sales, Family
Nights, and elegant dinners have allowed neighbors to create
friendships that would have otherwise never occurred. Struggling
local businesses have created new networks when they attend
fundraisers or provide labor on lot clearing days. Volunteers
working together make connections that wouldn't
normally occur. New friendships begin that will last a lifetime.
People will have a new sense of commitment to each other and to
the community. Community-built projects inspire everyone who
participates with a sense of ownership, so much so that they
become a focus of community life. People describe them as the
experience of a lifetime. Families who helped build will return for
picnics and bring out-of-town guests to show them what the
community accomplished together. And this first
community project is often just the beginning. Families are
coming together with a common goal: creating a space that will
provide relaxation, family time, fitness, and most importantly, a
renewed sense of community.