Frank Brown Park welcomes athletic leagues to practice

The aquatic center remained open during the pandemic, drawing swimmers in from all around. (WJHG/WECP)

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The City of Panama City Beach has decided to allow baseball, softball, and soccer leagues to practice at the Frank Brown Recreational Complex.

“We’d like to have some of these kids get back out, into the community when they’re out of school when they don’t have daycare and just be able to have a good time. Give our residents some ability to get some fresh air and be healthy,” said Panama City Beach City Councilman Geoff McConnell.

Despite these leagues starting practice on the fields Saturday, the aquatic center has been open to the public throughout the pandemic.

“It’s very refreshing to come in and just feel the water and get into a different environment for a few minutes. It changes your whole outlook, so between the fitness aspect and the mental health aspect, this has proved to be a really valuable asset to the whole community,” said Frank Brown Aquatic Facility Supervisor Marydale Moore.

With this facility being one of the only lap pools in the region open, it’s drawn swimmers from all over the country including a swim team from Carmel, Indiana.

“It’s one of the top teams in the country. The girls have actually one the high school state championship 34 years in a row. We are trying to keep the legacy going,” said the father of a Carmel swimmer, Matt Street.

“You will see swimmers in these 22 lanes from all over, locally and all around the region, and they’re taking it all seriously. The intensity is there,” said the mother of a Carmel swimmer, Casey Cammack.

With fitness centers being closed for weeks, these swimmers have been extra thankful to have a facility to swim at when they thought they may not be able to swim at all during the pandemic.

“I live two minutes away, and I’m so grateful that during this time the pool has been open,” said Panama City Beach swimmer Blair Wootson.

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