1st SOFSS celebrates park reopening after renovations

Air Commandos and their families attend a reopening celebration of the Lil' Commando Community Park at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. The event was held to celebrate the reopening of the park after renovations were made. The event offered free food and entertainment as Hurlburts Lil' Air Commandos played on the new playground. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Air Commandos and their families attend a reopening celebration of the Lil' Commando Community Park at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. The event was held to celebrate the reopening of the park after renovations were made. The event offered free food and entertainment as Hurlburts Lil' Air Commandos played on the new playground. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Maj. Jama Stilwell, an operations officer with the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron, cuts a ribbon with children during an event at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. The 1st SOFSS held an event celebrating the reopening of the Lil' Commando Community Park after renovations were made including a new zip line, playground and splash pad for Air Commandos and families to enjoy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Maj. Jama Stilwell, an operations officer with the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron, cuts a ribbon with children during an event at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. The 1st SOFSS held an event celebrating the reopening of the Lil' Commando Community Park after renovations were made including a new zip line, playground and splash pad for Air Commandos and families to enjoy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Caileign Miller, daughter of Master Sgt. Jeff Miller, a unit deployment manager with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., rides a new zip line during the Lil’ Commando Community Park reopening at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. The Lil' Commando Community Park reopened after renovations which included a new zip line, playground and splash pad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Caileign Miller, daughter of Master Sgt. Jeff Miller, a unit deployment manager with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., rides a new zip line during the Lil’ Commando Community Park reopening at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. The Lil' Commando Community Park reopened after renovations which included a new zip line, playground and splash pad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Elizabeth Waddell, daughter of Maj. John Waddell, an instructor pilot with the 19th Special Operations Squadron, climbs a rock wall at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. During the Lil' Commando Community Park reopening celebration, attendees participated in festivities such as rock climbing, Segway rides and a bounce house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Elizabeth Waddell, daughter of Maj. John Waddell, an instructor pilot with the 19th Special Operations Squadron, climbs a rock wall at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. During the Lil' Commando Community Park reopening celebration, attendees participated in festivities such as rock climbing, Segway rides and a bounce house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Hurlburt Field children play on the new playground at the Lil' Commando Community Park during a reopening event at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. Renovations to the park included a new zip line, playground and splash pad for Air Commandos and their families to enjoy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Hurlburt Field children play on the new playground at the Lil' Commando Community Park during a reopening event at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. Renovations to the park included a new zip line, playground and splash pad for Air Commandos and their families to enjoy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Lia Davis, a commercial sponsorship and advertising programs manager with the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron, reaches into a bin to draw a name at a raffle during the Lil' Commando Community Park reopening celebration at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. The Lil' Commando Community Park reopened after renovations which included a new zip line, playground and splash pad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Lia Davis, a commercial sponsorship and advertising programs manager with the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron, reaches into a bin to draw a name at a raffle during the Lil' Commando Community Park reopening celebration at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. The Lil' Commando Community Park reopened after renovations which included a new zip line, playground and splash pad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Maj. Jama Stilwell, an operations officer with the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron, points a raffle winner toward her prize at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. The Lil' Commando Community Park reopened after renovations which included a new zip line, playground and splash pad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Maj. Jama Stilwell, an operations officer with the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron, points a raffle winner toward her prize at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. The Lil' Commando Community Park reopened after renovations which included a new zip line, playground and splash pad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Nonie Maines, a sponsor with Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters, lets a child pet a parrot at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. Maines was one of many sponsors who attended the event which offered free sandwiches, chips and a fun environment for the whole family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Nonie Maines, a sponsor with Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters, lets a child pet a parrot at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. Maines was one of many sponsors who attended the event which offered free sandwiches, chips and a fun environment for the whole family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- A reopening celebration was held at the Lil’ Commando Community Park, here, March 17, after renovations.

Members of the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron reopened the park with a ribbon- cutting ceremony, a ticket raffle, a rock-climbing wall, Segway rides and a bounce house for family fun.

"We thought, ‘Let's bring the park up to today's standards and make it something kids would want to see and keep coming back to’," said Maj. Jama Stilwell, an operations officer with the 1st SOFSS. "We took ownership and knew the Airmen and families deserve a better park facility. We sat down, put pen to paper and here we are."

Plans came to fruition as reports of the park being in disrepair were made by Hurlburt’s Air Commandos, Stilwell said. Those reports inspired the 1st SOFSS to take action.

Renovations to the park included construction of a brand-new splash pad, replacement of playground equipment, and installation of new park benches, picnic tables and flooring. A nature-walk path was also introduced at the celebration as children ran around and explored their new playground.

"With both of my children being school-age, they have a love for parks," said Master Sgt. Tracy Bennett, 1st Sgt. with the 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron. "My children thoroughly enjoy the new park, which in turn makes me happy knowing they have a place to come and have fun."

Along with the current park, the 1st SOFSS plans on making expansions to the park by building a Lil' Commando 'battle rig', a structure designed to be an obstacle course, much like the obstacle course used in the TV show American Ninja Warrior. They also plan to add awnings over the playground equipment.

There are no age restrictions for children to use the park.

For more information about the park, call Outdoor Recreation at (850) 884-6939.