Beach park improvements bring out children, smiles

Max Perkins Jr. combined work and family, as the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce ambassador brought his wife and daughters to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the improved Frank Brown Park playground on Friday.

“I think it’s awesome. This is one of the few times I can combine work and family,” he said.

The handicap-accessible playground includes the Little Rascals Playground for children ages 4 and under; Under the Palms Playground for ages 4 and up; Wazz Up … Big Kids Playground for children ages 7 and under; Monkey’N Around Playground, also for children ages 7 and under; and Imagination Playground for ages 10 and under.

Perkins’ daughters, 18-month-old Carolina and 3-year-old Annabelle, seemed to enjoy the park, as Annabelle played on several pieces of equipment.

“I appreciate the mayor and council for getting this done,” he said. “They’ve done a lot to support families.”

The playground — renovated earlier this month — is more than a decade old, and needed an update after equipment began to rust and wear. Renovations cost about $200,000, which the city had budgeted.

City officials and residents were among those who showed up to check out and enjoy the new additions.

“This park has seen a lot of activity since it was constructed,” said Debbie Ward, city public information officer. “I’m glad to see everyone out.”

Mayor Mike Thomas said he’s proud of the work officials did to update the park, as it adds to the quality of life in Panama City Beach.

Councilman Geoff McConnell said he and his family frequent the park about three to four times a week, and believe the newly equipped playground is great for the community.

Like McConnell’s family, the Perkins family has visited the playground — before renovations. Kallie Perkins, Max’s wife, said she was impressed with the new look.

“It’s so nice,” she said. “I’m glad it’s grouped off by age. It’s a safe place for everyone to come and play.”

The renovations reflect positively on the community, said Kristopher McLane, president of the Panama City Beach Chamber.

“It’s great for the community, when we continue to add and continue to grow,” he said. “It’s good for visitors and the community.”

Source:  Panama City News Herald


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