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Quincy Park District plans to expand outdoor fitness equipment offerings

The outdoor fitness station at Bob Mays Park on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. The city of Quincy's plans call to install two more stations with the city. | H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 13, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY -- The installation of a fitness equipment station at Bob Mays Park last fall has led to plans for additional stations throughout the Quincy Park District, as well as outdoor fitness classes starting this spring.

The Park District plans to install two additional stations -- South Park and Moorman Park -- in the future.

Before the Quincy Park District approved the $35,377 equipment for Bob Mays Park at the Bill Klingner trailhead last August, district officials said it received positive feedback from current trail patrons, CrossFit members, personal trainers, the Blessing Health System, Quincy Medical Group and the Adams County Health Department. Money for the equipment came a restricted fund for improvements to the district's trail system dating to 1997.

Marcelo Beroiza, marketing operations director for the Quincy Park District, said the district learned last month that it received a private grant that will cover the cost of installing the South Park Station. Details of the grant will be announced at a later date.

"It's going to allow us to build that sooner than we thought," Beroiza said.

The district is seeking grants and donations that would allow for the construction of a station in Moorman Park.

The Park District is also partnering with the Blessing Health System to offer Outdoor Fitness Boot Camp starting this spring under the guidance of trainers from the Blessing Wellness Center.

The plans call to use the new stations, which can accommodate multiple users at once.

"People are not only going to be using the fitness station, but they're going to be using the natural environment around them -- the paths, the hills and some supplemental equipment," Beroiza said. "We're excited about it, because it gives us something we didn't have before."

Plans call for the one-hour classes to rotate between the parks meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for five weeks.

Classes start April 7 and will cost $45 for a 10-class punch card. There will be spring, summer and fall sessions.