Some students at Atlantic Community High School are working hard to get people active and help the community. Seniors Christelle Singh and Talia Vessal came up with the idea of creating a workout gym at Barwick Park, located at the intersection of Lake Ida Road and Barwick Road, only two miles from Atlantic. “Initially this project began on paper as an IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career Programme), but soon turned into reality,” said Vessal.
According to the two, the project was created, at first, with the intention of fulfilling requirements for their engineering and drafting class. “It feels great to see our project making so much progress. When we first started this project, it started with the simple task of dimensioning equipment, we hoped that we could build a few pieces of workout equipment for our CP (Career Programme) project, and we would see where it was headed from there,” said Singh. However, with the assistance of teachers and the permission of Delray Beach, including an impromptu meeting to the Delray Beach Parks and Recreation department, the plan was actually coming to fruition.
Creating a gym, to Singh and Vessal, is a way to get Delray connected in an attempt to help others; local citizens can definitely reap the benefits with a healthier mind and body with a new place to work out. A local fitness gym has also been something that has worked in other places, such as Orlando and even Israel. As a result of this prior success in other regions, the duo feels that the gym will certainly be a fruitful project, especially with the support of local groups.
The project is currently being developed, although they are lacking in some resources, and have created a GoFundMe account (https://www.gofundme.com/BarwickWorkoutPark) to help with this.
The gym is expected to be completed in Spring 2017.