November 17, 2023

Shipshape & Fit with Recreation Director Mark Bresnahan

This summer, drop anchor in our turquoise waters and dive into another “fit-tastic” stay at our Marina. Discover the island and its amenities with Mark Bresnahan, the Director of Recreation for the Town of Palm Beach. From invigorating fitness activities to rejuvenating wellness options, get ready to flex, sweat, and revitalize your body and mind – in shipshape style!

Immerse yourself in an abundance of complimentary recreational facilities available for the Town of Palm Beach Marina denizens. When berthing at our Marina, slip holders can sculpt their physiques at the recently built Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center, swing their way through the Par 3 golf course, serve up a good time at any of the 13 tennis centers, or luxuriate in the embrace of the Town's pristine beaches. Patrons can even venture into the crystal-clear waters of the ocean and indulge in activities such as paddleboarding, kayaking, and other exciting water sports.

Continue reading or watch the video below for an exclusive interview with Director Bresnahan as part of our effervescent Making Waves series highlighting Marina and Palm Beach personalities. Join us as he shares insights on the Town’s amenities and the Mandel Recreation Center – where fitness and fun combine to create an elevated experience.

Q: Can you tell us a little about your role as Director of Recreation?
As the Director of Recreation, I have the pleasure of overseeing the Mandel Recreation Center, two world-class tennis centers, and the Palm Beach Par 3 golf course. 

Q: Can you tell us a little about the Mandel Recreation Center and what it offers?
The Mandel Recreation Center opened about three years ago and offers a diverse range of activities to cater to all ages and fitness levels. With wellness programs, a boutique fitness center, and courts for pickleball, tennis, and basketball, there's something for everyone. The Center also features an indoor playground for kids. The wellness programs focus on holistic well-being and include yoga, meditation, and group fitness classes. The boutique fitness center provides a personalized and premium experience with state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated trainers. The courts are perfect for family-friendly competitions or sports teams. 

Q: What are some of the other complimentary amenities that Marina slip holders have access to?
Some of the great amenities that we have here include our amazing Recreation Center, the beaches, golf courses, and tennis courts. One of my favorite places to go is Worth Ave. There are great stores and vistas that are just great for walking. The best time to go is early in the morning before the crowds. 

Q: What do you think about the recent Marina renovations and how that has impacted the Rec Center?
The newly renovated Town of Palm Beach Marina has garnered significant praise and enthusiasm from both residents and visitors alike. Serving as a fantastic complement to the Recreation Center, it features an exceptional staff and cutting-edge enhancements. In tandem with the opening of the Rec Center, the renovated Marina and Lake Drive Park have sparked a transformative era of health and fitness on the island.

Q: Why should people come and visit the town of Palm Beach?
Well, we have the best views and the greatest weather. It's the perfect place to visit and everything is world-class. We have the best beaches the best restaurants and amazing recreational activities. There is no place else to be but Palm Beach!

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