|January 2017: The walls are going up on the John and Shelia Rinker Sports Center in the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus. The rendering above shows how the complex will look when it is completed; the rendering below shows and overview of the completed athletic campus.|
A permanent home for PBA's outdoor sports teams has arrived in the form of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus at 3401 Parker Avenue in West Palm Beach — just a short drive from Palm Beach Atlantic University. The campus, located between I-95 and Parker Avenue just north of Southern Boulevard, provides facilities for training and hosting intercollegiate and intramural and club sport competitions. It officially opened Sept. 4, 2014 (with some facilities still under construction).
Number of Acres: 78 (approx.)
Security: 24/7 on-site security provided by PBA Office of Campus Safety
Varsity athletes, intramural participants and Sailfish fans benefit from this incomparable Athletic Campus. The Athletic Campus, upon completion, will include:
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PBA purchased the parcel of land at the former Hillcrest Property for $3.1 million from Palm Beach County. A ballgame-themed groundbreaking ceremony was held April 4, 2008.
On hand were distinguished guests, including PBA and city officials, Sailfish Club members as well as the late Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter, who was chair of PBA’s Blue Ribbon Committee, which has overseen the strategic planning of the campus since its inception.
In December 2010, PBA announced the largest gift to support Sailfish athletics in program history with a $4 million gift from the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Foundation for construction of the new campus. In recognition of the generosity of the foundation and trustees John and Sheila Rinker (right), the campus has been named in honor of Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker.
PBA has engaged in a community partnership called the Parker Avenue Consortium, which benefits the families living in the vicinity of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus. The Parker Avenue Consortium is a means to bring resources together to benefit kindergarten through university students and their families, and ultimately bringing a renewed vitality to the neighborhood. Read More here.