Request the re-opening of the Sugar Sand Park Field House

Request the re-opening of the Sugar Sand Park Field House

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The parents of the Premier Gymnastics club members are writing to you, the City of Boca
Raton, to request the reopening of the Sugar Sand Park Field House. The 14,000 square foot
gymnasium is a valuable asset to the community, serving as a training center for rhythmic
gymnastics on both the recreational and competitive level.
The determination and seriousness shown by our athletes is best seen through their intense
and vital training schedule, comprising around 3 hours a day for 5-6 days a week. Competitions
are also a critical part of an athlete’s career and the Premier Gymnastics athletes do
exceptionally well in local, regional and national competitions alike. Before the pandemic, our
girls took home gold and silver medals competing against gymnasts from all around the country,
earning recognition from the US National Rhythmic Gymnastics team.
However, our athletes’ crucial training is being jeopardized by the continued closure of the
Sugar Sand Park Field House. We have dealt the best we could during the pandemic to
accommodate our athletes regarding their training but the conditions they have to train in are,
frankly, not suitable and cannot be compared to the Field House. The flooring in the current
training facility is inadequate for our gymnasts to be training on and can lead to injuries. It is also
hard to practice routines without a proper carpet. Additionally,due to the abysmal lighting and
condition of the temporary facility, our team is being denied the opportunity to compete in virtual
competitions.
While our athletes train hard and are understanding of all the changes that COVID 19 brought, it
is evident that they need a better training facility, ideally the Field House. The girls trained there
up until the pandemic and are familiar with the layout, something important for virtual
competitions. Since rhythmic gymnastics is a mostly individual sport, it is relatively easy to
maintain social distancing and uphold covid regulations. As the city of Boca Raton has been
slowly opening up and vaccines have been becoming more accessible, we feel that it is valid to
consider opening up training facilities and gymnasiums. We urge you to consider reopening the
Field House to ensure the continued success of Premier Gymnastics.
Thank you,
Premier Gymnastics Parents

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