Salem Parks introduces outdoor fitness zone

Published on : Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Salem Parks and Recreation recently installed an outdoor fitness zone for full-body workouts by utilising the funds aside for Waterworth Memorial Park. John Panezott, Commission Chairman, Salem Parks said in a statement that the equipment has been nicely put together and everything uses an individual’s own body weight.


 The seven pieces of equipment can accommodate up to 17 people at one time. However, this would not be permitted immediately due to COVID-19 restrictions. The zone is expected to open once the parks department completes work on the entryway.


The machines consists of four-person lower body combo, two-person cross country ski, two-person back and arm combo, three-person static combo, two-person lat pull-down and vertical press combo, four-person leg press and single rowing machine. The equipment can be used for body building or cardiovascular exercise.


Many people who walk or run in the park will be able to stop at the outdoor fitness zone for strength training for a complete workout session. The equipment is for adults use only and no one under the age of 14 will be permitted on the equipment.


Shane Franks, Director, Salem Parks said in a statement that the adult fitness zone will be a great addition to the Salem parks system. He thanked the Salem Community Foundation and the Ralph J. Smith Memorial Fund for providing the funding to make the initiative possible. He also encouraged everyone to use the equipment while following the rules and guidelines.


In accordance to the COVID-19 restrictions only one person is allowed to use each of the seven pieces of equipment at one time. Users have been asked to read all posted signs and instructions before using the equipment. They have also been asked to carry their own hand sanitizer for using before and after accessing any equipment.


It has also been instructed that people should continue to observe social distancing of 6 feet unless members of the same household both inside the park and while using the equipment. Park authorities have also prevented gathering or loitering in the area and users have been asked to bring their own water bottles and towels.


As the equipment is directly exposed to the sun, authorities are also hoping to add a shade covering and benches next year. The park is also hoping to complete landscaping by the end of the month.


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