Workouts are free at the new "Fitness Zone®" opening at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park
The "fee free" easy-to-use outdoor gym is part of Miami-Dade Parks' ongoing "healthy-living" initiative to help residents be active and fit.
A new “Fitness Zone®” area at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, located at 11395 SW 79th St., Miami, will officially open to the public at a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at 3 p.m. The fully-ADA accessible “fee free” exercise area features 14 pieces of easy-to-use, low-impact gym equipment designed for cardio and strength training and wheelchair workouts. Residents are invited to wear their workout clothes and join representatives from the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces department, Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner Senator Javier D. Souto, Florida House District 116 Representative Jose Felix Diaz, and The Trust for Public Land’s Fitness Zone® program for this special occasion. After the ribbon-cutting, there will be demonstrations on how to use the equipment.
The new park amenity 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 Fitness Zone® program.
With obesity, the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. and one in four Floridians classified as obese, the outdoor gyms are intended 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. Nearby benches provide a shady place to sit and rest after a workout.
“I am thankful to the Parks Department and their long-time collaboration with the Trust for Public Land Fitness Zone® program for developing the new Fitness Zone® area at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park. These fun and engaging health-minded outdoor gyms are part of a larger vision to improve community wellness,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
“This new Fitness Zone® area at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park is going to be a popular exercise spot for adults, seniors and teens in this neighborhood. It’s another great way for them to get a full fitness experience with the outdoor benefits of breathing in fresh air and taking in beautiful park views,” said Commissioner Souto.
“Research shows that parks—and The Trust for Public Land's Fitness Zone® areas in particular—directly improve our health and wellness, empowering communities in the fight against obesity,” said Brenda McClymonds, The Trust for Public Land’s senior program director. “In addition to our long-time partnership with Miami-Dade Parks, this outstanding project is the result of a special effort by House District 116 Representative Jose Felix Diaz, the WOW Center Miami, and generous grants from the Health Foundation of South Florida, the Miami Foundation and Florida Blue.”
“Fitness Zone® areas, like the one at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, are improving recreation opportunities for Miami-Dade park visitors of all ages and fitness abilities. Great progress is being made in our goal to inspire people to stay physically active, to stem off heart disease, obesity and other ailments associated with a sedentary lifestyle,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys.
The cost to build the new Fitness Zone® area was approximately $165,500. Funds were provided by Impact Fees and The Trust for Public Land, with grants from the Health Foundation of South Florida, Florida Blue Foundation and The Miami Foundation. Miami-Dade Parks’ Design and Build Team completed the project, working with construction contractor DW Recreational Services.
Miami-Dade Parks has installed 22 “fee free” outdoor gyms at its parks since July 2012. In recent months, the Parks department has also installed Fitness Zone® areas at International Gardens Park, Highland Oaks Park, Lake Stevens Park and Cherry Grove Park. Similar fitness courts are also planned for Tree Island Park, Eden Lakes Park, Lago Mar Park, and Wild Lime Park, and Tropical Park.
The 154-acre Kendall Indian Hammocks Park also has a baseball field, a children’s playground, disc golf, a skate park, a vita court, nature trails and picnic shelters. For directions to the park visit the web page and call 305-596-9324.