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Park reopening offers new avenue for Airmen resilience

100th Air Refueling Wing leadership cuts a ribbon to mark the reopening of Heritage Park Oct. 7, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The park reopened following a six-month renovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

100th Air Refueling Wing leadership cuts a ribbon to mark the reopening of Heritage Park Oct. 7, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The park reopened following a six-month renovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

A flag football team warms up for their game at Heritage Park Oct. 7, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The park reopened following a six-month renovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

A flag football team warms up for their game at Heritage Park Oct. 7, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The park reopened following a six-month renovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

A children’s flag football team breaks from the huddle before their game at Heritage Park Oct. 7, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The park reopened following a six-month renovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

A children’s flag football team breaks from the huddle before their game at Heritage Park Oct. 7, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The park reopened following a six-month renovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

A flag football player runs past his opponents at Heritage Park Oct. 7, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The park reopened following a six-month renovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

A flag football player runs past his opponents at Heritage Park Oct. 7, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The park reopened following a six-month renovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

A flag football player sprints to avoid losing his flag at Heritage Park Oct. 7, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The park reopened following a six-month renovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

A flag football player sprints to avoid losing his flag at Heritage Park Oct. 7, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The park reopened following a six-month renovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

RAF MILDENHALL, England --

Heritage Park reopened to the base public Oct. 7, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England.

Wing leadership participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the occasion.

“The reopening will provide Airmen and families with exercise and recreation space,” said James Ussery, 100th Force Support Squadron youth sports director. “Prior to the completion of the project, all social and recreation activities were limited to the Southside Fitness Center sports field. RAF Mildenhall now has another space Airmen can utilize with their squadron and as individuals to meet fitness goals and plans supporting Airmen readiness.”

It didn’t take long for the base populace to utilize the space, with a children’s flag football game held later that evening.

The 100th Air Refueling Wing funded an approximately $245,000 makeover that started in April and lasted six months.

With the park’s expansive fields supporting football, soccer and baseball activities as well as a track, outdoor pavilion and picnic benches, Airmen and families have a new space to strengthen their bodies and cope, through exercise, with the demands of military life.

“RAF Mildenhall Youth Sports is happy to share the fields with the base and want to contribute as much as possible to the health, wellness and resiliency of our great community,” said Ussery.