KALAMAZOO, MI – The City of Kalamazoo is bringing an outdoor exercise mat to the Edison District that will be free to the public.
Fitness Court is the name of the outdoor training area developed by the National Fitness Campaign (NFC). The group is working to install outdoor training areas across the country in an effort to reduce obesity.
The Fitness Court will be located at the northwest end of Upjohn Park. The pad is designed to provide a full body workout for users. It is supported by courses and an online (phone-based) application 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) funding to support the installation of a fitness court to meet the health and recreation needs of residents in the Edison neighborhood and across the city , a recommendation to the municipal commission.
A portion of the cost is sponsored by Priority Health, which will have its logo on the pad, the city said.
“We are thrilled to bring our campaign to make world-class fitness free to the city of Kalamazoo,” Mitch Menaged, founder of National Fitness Campaign, told MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette. “Together with the city and Priority Health, NFC is pleased to be part of a growing wellness network across the country.”
The city said the installation of the fitness mat aligns with the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 goals and the goals for increased recreation and amenities in the Edison Neighborhood Plan.
Construction and launch of the outdoor fitness court will occur by the end of calendar year 2022, according to city documents. The location is less than half a mile from the site of the newly rebuilt Kalamazoo Farmers Market and close to the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.
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