Amelia Earhart Park's new Fitness Zone area provides free gym workouts, inspired by nature
Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah offers so many scenic spots and recreational play spaces to motivate residents to take their workouts alfresco. The park has recently installed a new lakeside Fitness Zone® area that provides more great ways for people to enjoy the park’s beautiful scenery and be active, as well as a new ‘green’ infrastructure that provides a lush sustainable habitat for native butterflies.
On Monday January 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces department and Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Chairman Esteban L. Bovo, Jr. (District 13 Commissioner) will join representatives from TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and The Trust for Public Land Fitness Zone® program at the park, located at 401 E. 65th Street, to officially dedicate its new Fitness Zone® area. Activities will include a ribbon-cutting, followed by workouts on the new gym equipment and a walk around the new butterfly garden.
“Thanks to the Parks department’s collaboration with TD Bank and The Trust for Public Land Fitness Zone® program District 13 residents have more great outdoor play spaces that will help them to be active, social and have fun. I highly encourage everyone to make regular visits to this new Fitness Zone® area, as part of their heathier lifestyle pledge for the New Year,” said Chairman Bovo.
“Amelia Earhart Park is an important green space here in Miami, and we feel this Fitness Zone® will encourage not only environmental health, but physical wellness for neighbors, too,” said Ernie Diaz, TD Bank Regional President. “We’re committed to making a positive impact and providing urban green spaces for the communities where we live, work and play and we're thrilled to work with great partners to do this in Miami.”
“This Fitness Zone® will be a great addition to this park and something which residents here can use to help improve their health, while at the same time enjoying the outdoors. We are pleased to partner with TD Bank and the Miami-Dade County Parks Department to complete this project,” said Brenda McClymonds, senior program director of The Trust for Public Lands’ Miami Program.
“We are thankful to our generous community partners TD Bank and The Trust for Public Land Fitness Zone® program for making the new Fitness Zone® area at Amelia Earhart Park a reality. The outdoor gym equipment will allow people to experience the wellness benefits of exercising in green spaces and will foster an appreciation for nature,” says Miami-Dade Parks Director George Navarrete.
The Fitness Zone® area features 22 pieces of easy-to-use, low-impact gym equipment anchored on concrete pavement. The exercise stations are designed for cardio and strength training for people ages 14 and over, and accommodate wheelchair workouts. Included is a “Cross Country Ski,” chest and shoulder presses, leg presses and extensions, ab toners and a rower, among others.
The adjoining butterfly garden collects rain water from the surrounding pavement and recycles it back into the ground rather than as run-off, benefiting newly planted drought-tolerant butterfly-attracting native plants and 15 large Live Oak trees which help provide cooling shade.
The cost to build the new Fitness Zone® area was approximately $296,000. Funds were provided by the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond program and The Trust for Public Land, thanks to their partnership with TD Bank to build six fitness zones across Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade Parks’ Design and Build Team completed the project, working with construction contractor DW Recreational Services; landscape contractor Tip Top Enterprises, Inc. and equipment manufacturer Greenfields Outdoor Fitness.
Miami-Dade Parks has installed 24 ‘fee free’ outdoor gyms at its parks since July 2012. Last year, the Parks Department installed Fitness Zone® areas at Tropical Park, Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 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.
The 530-acre Amelia Earhart Park also features five crystal blue lakes, picnic facilities, Tom Sayer’s Play Island (children’s playground), an 18-hole disc golf course, a five-acre fenced dog park, a mountain-bike trail, and a multi-use recreational pathway with a bike wash station. In addition, the park is home to the Bill Gram Farm Village, Miami Wakeboarding Complex and Soccer 5 Soccer Complex.
For directions to the park visit the web page and call 305-685-8369.
About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.