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Highlights of the January 2014 Issue

NS Mayport's New Fitness Center
A Beacon for Wellness


NS Mayport's New Fitness Center The new $26.3 million, 100,467-square-foot fitness center officially opened aboard NS Mayport, Fla., on Oct. 6, 2013, providing the base community with a one-stop location for health and wellness. From sports and aquatics to fitness equipment and group exercise classes, the fitness center has something for everyone, including two cardiovascular equipment areas; a strength training area including free weights, plate-loaded and selectorized equipment; a high-intensity work-out area including an Olympic lifting area; two basketball courts; two racquetball courts; a spin studio; three group exercise rooms; a natatorium with a 50-meter pool; a parent-child workout room; male and female locker rooms with steam rooms and saunas; and a massage therapy area with two treatment rooms.

“Due to the Personnel Fitness Assessment (PFA) requirements placed on active-duty personnel, fitness is not only a means of attaining physical and mental wellness, it provides stress relief and develops a positive self-image, and is a function of their career,” says John Aimone, who has served as Athletics and Fitness Director for the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department at NS Mayport for the past 11 years. “It is our responsibility to provide facilities, programs and assistance in helping all sailors meet their PFA requirements, and to view fitness training as a positive part of their life, and not just a requirement. Our goal needs to be to provide sailors a feeling that exercise and fitness is a lifelong activity, not a short-lived one that is only conducted when they are close to the time to conduct their PFA.”...





SURFACING/FITNESS: MCB Camp Pendleton Fieldhouse Renovation
New Track and Field Brings Community Outside


MCB Camp Pendleton Fieldhouse RenovationFollowing the completion of the $3.3 million track and field renovation at MCB Camp Pendleton’s Paige Fieldhouse in 2012, Semper Fit has made a concerted effort to get the entire base community — Marines, spouses, retirees and youth — outside and more active in the California sun. Whether it is a football or soccer game, a High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) session or just youth participating in one of the many family-centric events and activities available, Paige Fieldhouse has been the go-to place on base for exercise and fun.

“What has been really nice is that we have seen a real increase in dependents utilizing the field,” says Semper Fit Director Sam Pelham. “So you will see moms with strollers on the track now working out in the morning, during lunch or anytime they can get out there. And with the new artificial turf on the playing field, we are seeing a lot more use from our sports leagues, as well as recreational play.” ...


PLAYGROUNDS/OUTDOOR AMENITIES: Recovering from Hurricane Sandy
New Park Playground Helps City of Long Beach Heal


Recovering from Hurricane SandyFollowing the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012, Long Beach, N.Y. — one of the hardest hit cities on Long Island — has had to overcome many challenges during the long recovery process, as many Long Beach residents lost their homes, schools and neighborhoods because of the catastrophic storm. Several park and boardwalk improvement projects have helped bring the community together. One project in particular, the rebuilding of Magnolia Playground, has given back to the community one of the few places for children to play.

On May 18, 2013, 242 volunteers from the Long Beach community joined with local organization Surf For All, the City of Long Beach, JetBlue and KaBOOM!, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building playgrounds nationwide, and Playworld Systems, the playground equipment provider, to rebuild Magnolia Playground, which had been devastated by storm damage. In less than eight hours, volunteers built a child-designed playground that will serve thousands of children for years to come.

“We had a tremendous turnout,” says Gordon Tepper, director of Communications, City of Long Beach. “The whole community rallied for the rebuild of Magnolia Playground. Building a playground in a day had its challenges, but all deadlines were met and the equipment was installed by the end of the day.” ...