Out of doors health court docket coming to Kalamazoo park

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KALAMAZOO, MI — The city of Kalamazoo is bringing an outdoor workout pad to the Edison District that will be available to the public free of charge.

Fitness Court is the name of the outdoor training area developed by the National Fitness Campaign (NFC). The group is working to set up outdoor workout areas across the country to reduce obesity.

The Fitness Court will be located at the northwest end of Upjohn Park. The pad is designed to provide users with a full body workout. It will be supported by classes and an online app (phone-based) to support usage, the city said.

The Kalamazoo City Commission recently accepted a $50,000 grant to support the project.

The grant will be combined with $92,350 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to support the installation of a fitness court to support the health and recreation needs of residents in the Edison neighborhood and across the city, the in said a recommendation to the City Commission.

A portion of the cost will be sponsored by Priority Health, which will have its logo on the pad, the city said.

“We are excited to launch our campaign to bring world-class fitness to the city of Kalamazoo for free,” Mitch Menaged, founder of the National Fitness Campaign, told MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette. “NFC is excited to join the city and Priority Health as part of a growing wellness network nationwide.”

The city said the fitness pad installation aligns with the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 goals and the Edison Neighborhood Plan goals for more recreation and amenities.

According to city documents, the construction and commissioning of the outdoor fitness court will take place by the end of the 2022 calendar year. The location is less than half a mile from the newly constructed Kalamazoo Farmers Market site and close to the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.

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