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Mishawaka's Central Park Adding Fitness Equipment

Published Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mishawaka's Central Park is being outfitted with a wall, bars and rings that will become part of an outdoor fitness court with 30 individual pieces of exercise equipment.

Opening day is scheduled for 11 a.m. June 23, when representatives of the National Fitness Campaign, who is selling the equipment to the city, will give public demonstrations on how to do the exercises. The primary guide for anybody will be an app (requiring an iOS of 8.0 or higher) that you can download at nationalfitnesscampaign.com.

The San Francisco-based company also will certify staff from the city fire and police departments and the local Fleet Feet Sports store to lead free weekly fitness classes at the court on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, said Mishawaka parks Superintendent Phil Blasko.

The court is the result of a crowd-sourcing campaign where the city raised $43,170 from 88 donors this winter via Patronicity.com, to match $35,000 from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. The extra $8,170 raised will go toward providing free Wi-Fi at the fitness court, saving app users on data usage, Blasko said.

It’s at the southeast end of the park, close to the fish ladder, with a view of the dam on the St. Joseph River.

Blasko said the court will provide a full-body workout and, since it will be freely accessible, he called it a “free fitness membership.” Rather than lift weights, users will use their own body weight for strength training as they do seven key moves like squats, pushes, lunges, pulls and bends.

The impetus for the court came when the National Fitness Campaign solicited the city, seeing the growth of the riverfront trail and amenities at Central Park.

Read the full story by Joseph Dits in the South Bend Tribune