AARP is commemorating its 60th anniversary with the construction of outdoor fitness parks in local communities in every state, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In collaboration with the national nonprofit, FitLot, AARP Tampa worked with the local Parks and Recreation department to open the first outdoor fitness park in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 24, 2019. AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, Mayor Rick Kriseman, and FitLot Co-Founder and Executive Director Adam Mejerson were on hand to welcome community members to the new park and try out the exercise equipment.
Over the next several years, additional outdoor fitness parks will open with more than a dozen planned for 2019. Check the Media Relations blog for details on upcoming and recent openings.
Each outdoor fitness park will be located in or near an existing park and will feature FitLot™ exercise equipment that can be adapted to meet a wide range of fitness levels and abilities. The parks include ample floor space for group exercises and users can attach resistance band as to the upright beams of the structure at ankle, waist and shoulder height for more varied routines.
Public spaces are essential to a vibrant community. It’s no surprise that a recent AARP survey found that safe parks are among the top three community features people want in their neighborhoods. Some of the benefits outlined in AARP’s Creating Parks and Public Spaces for People of All Ages: A Step-by-Step Guide, include:
- Improved physical and mental health.
- Enhanced community connections.
- Added economic value and cost saving benefits.
Cities where AARP is donating outdoor fitness parks will host a community-opening event or bring volunteers together for a community build day.
- Rapid City, SD: Tuesday, August 27
- Springfield, IL: Friday, September 20
- Wilmington, DE: Wednesday, September 25
- Jackson, MS: Tuesday, October 8
- St. Petersburg, FL
- Manchester, NH
- Newport, RI
- Bangor, ME
- Buffalo, NY
- Cincinnati, OH