Outdoor gyms to be installed soon

Four outdoor gyms will be installed in the coming weeks in Red Deer as part of a concerted doctors’ effort to increase physical activity among adults.

Four outdoor gyms will be installed in the coming weeks in Red Deer as part of a concerted doctors’ effort to increase physical activity among adults.

The Red Deer Primary Care Network of 63 Central Alberta family doctors and the City of Red Deer’s Recreation, Parks and Culture Department partnered on a project to set up outdoor gyms in different corners of the city.

The exercise equipment will be set up, starting next week. They will be located at Glendale Park along Glendale Boulevard, Oriole Park West along Kerry Wood Drive, Victoria Park along Allan Street and at Barrett Park southeast of the Kinex Arena at 4725A 43rd St.

An official opening of the gyms will be held in mid-July.

Network executive director Loran Milkovich said community interest has been high.

“We met with community associations and there was a tremendous response in having those gyms installed in their neighbourhoods,” Milkovich said on Tuesday.

The doctors want to primarily help adults become more fit and address issues around weight and inactivity.

The gyms would include 12 double stations in one common area. Equipment might include chest presses, back rows, dip bars and other pieces normally found in a regular fitness centre.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.com

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