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Cherry Grove Park dedicating a new Fitness Zone area on Saturday, March 19 at 11 a.m.

The fee free easy-to-use outdoor gym is part of Miami-Dade Parks' ongoing healthy-living initiative to help residents to be active and fit.

MIAMI (March 14, 2016)

Workouts are free at the new “Fitness Zone ®” area at Cherry Grove Park, 9101 SW 97th Ave., Miami. The ADA accessible exercise area features 14 pieces of easy-to-use gym equipment designed for cardio and strength training and wheelchair workouts. The new addition is the result of the Miami-Dade Park Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s advancing “healthy living” initiative to create fun, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities for residents and the Parks Department’s ongoing collaboration with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) Fitness Zone ® Program.  

With obesity, the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. and one in four Floridians classified as obese, the “fee free” outdoor gyms are designed to help adults and teens of all abilities to be active and break the obesity cycle.  The equipment uses the body’s weight for resistance, so there are no weights to drop or lose.  Each piece of equipment comes with an illustrated instructional sticker that explains in detail how to use it. Featured are several two-person exercise stations, such as the “Push Up”, “Chin Up”, “Leg Press”, “Chest Press”, “Lat Pull Down”, “Vertical Press”, and “Elliptical Trainer”.  There is also a “Leg Extension”, a “Balance Board”, a “Captain’s Chair”; and hand, recumbent and upright cycles.

On Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 11 a.m., Cherry Grove Park will officially dedicate its new Fitness Zone ® area.  Activities will include a ribbon-cutting with representatives from Miami-Dade Parks, the Office of Miami-Dade County District 7 Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez and The Trust for Public Land Fitness Zone ® Program; followed by demonstrations on how to use the gym equipment, given by Miami-Dade Parks Health & Wellness staff.  The demonstrations will show residents how easy it is to include a fitness regimen in their daily routine.

“I am delighted to see the new Fitness Zone ® area at Cherry Grove Park.  Thanks to the Parks Department and their long-time collaboration with the Trust for Public Land Fitness Zone ® Program, Miami-Dade residents are enjoying exhilarating gym workouts in beautiful public park spaces throughout the county,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

 “This new Fitness Zone ® area at Cherry Grove Park provides families with more fun and engaging ways to stay fit and meet their neighbors,” said Commissioner Suarez. “With the existing playground nearby, parents can easily watch their kids play, as they exercise.”  

“Research shows that parks—and The Trust for Public Land's Fitness Zone ® areas in particular—directly improve our health and wellness. Thanks to the generous grant donation from the Health Foundation of South Florida, The Trust for Public Land was able to partner in this important endeavor to fight against the obesity crisis and other related diseases. We share a genuine commitment to building livable, healthy communities,” said Brenda McClymonds, The Trust for Public Land’s senior program director. 

“Fitness Zone ® areas, like the one at Cherry Grove Park, are a great addition to Miami-Dade Parks and are inspiring people to include a fitness regimen in their daily routine to stem off heart disease, obesity and other ailments,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. “I encourage everyone to make regular visits to our parks and open spaces and discover the many exciting recreational activities available for their enjoyment.”

The cost to build the new Fitness Zone ® area was $105,000. Funds were provided by Impact Fees and the Trust for Public Land (TPL), with a $40,000 grant from the Health Foundation of South Florida. Miami-Dade Parks’ Design and Build Team completed the project, working with construction contractor DW Recreational Services.

Miami-Dade Parks has installed 21 “fee free” outdoor gyms at its parks since July 2012.  Earlier this month, the Parks Department also installed Fitness Zone  ® areas at Highland Oaks Park and Lake Stevens Park.  Similar fitness courts are also planned for Tree Island Park, Eden Lakes Park, Lago Mar Park, and Wild Lime Park.     

The 1.5-acre Cherry Grove Park also has a children’s playground and a picnic shelter. For directions to the park visit the web page and call 305-596-9324. 

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.