>>>THE PARK RAPIDS COMMUNITY OFFICIALLY HAS A NEW FITNESS PARK. THE COMMUNITY GATHERED TODAY AT THE OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY OF THE ROTARY FITNESS PARK. DESTINY WIGGINS GIVES US THE DETAILS.>>TODAY MARKED THE OFFICIAL COMPLETION DATE OF THE ROTARY FITNESS PARK IN PARK RAPIDS MRN MND — PARK RAPIDS MINNESOTA. IT IS A JOINT PROJECT OF THE ROTARY PARK.>>WE ARE HERE CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF THE FITNESS PARK. IT’S BEEN GOING ON FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS, TO GET ALL THE FUNDS RAISED TO COMPLETE IT >>THE PURPOSE OF THE PARK IS TO PROMOTE AND TEACH WELLNESS TO EXERCISE TO STUDENTS AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY, BY PROVIDING OUTDOOR EXERCISES.>>YOU KNOW, AS A DEPARTMENT YEARS AGO WE WANTED SOMETHING THAT OUR KIDS COULD USE, THAT THE COMMUNITY COULD USE, THAT KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES COULD COME AND USE. IT WAS A VISION THAT WE HAD THAT TOGETHER WITH OUR COMMUNITY WE WERE ABLE TO GET DONE, AND HERE IT IS.>>THE PARK IS OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY, FREE OF CHARGE. THIS WAS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM NUMEROUS BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS.>>2,000 TOTAL DOLLARS THAT WE PUT INTO THE PARK. EACH PIECE OF EQUIPMENT AND THE PARK WAS ABOUT $5,000.>>CAME FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS DONATING >>THE ROTARY FITNESS PARK FEATURES SEVERAL EXERCISE TOOLS THAT RANGE FROM BASIC, INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED FOR STUDENTS TEACHERS PARENTS AND NEWS REPORTERS.>>THE PARK IS ALSO USED AND IMPLEMENTED IN TEACHERS CURRICULUMS AS A WAY TO ENSURE STUDENTS ARE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE THROUGHOUT THE DAY.>>THIS EXERCISE PARK THROUGHOUT THEIR DAY FOR STUDENTS, THEY MIGHT BRING A CLASSROOM OUT HERE AS A BRAIN BREAK IN PART OF THEIR DAY TO GIVE THEM A BREAK FROM OUR CORE ACADEMICS. SO THANKFUL TO THE ROTARY AND TO THE CHAMBER OF PARK RAPIDS TO OUR ADMINISTRATION FOR GOING FORWARD WITH THIS, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO USING IT OFTEN.>>THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST OUTDOOR FITNESS PARKS IN PARK RAPIDS. WITH A GROWING COMMUNITY AND THE WANT FOR FAMILIES TO BE ACTIVE, THERE’S A HOPE THAT THERE WILL BE PLENTY MORE PROJECTS AND FITNESS PARKS TO COME. REPORTING IN PARK RAPIDS, DESTINY WIGGINS, LAKELAND NEWS.>>THE FITNESS PARK IS LOCATED ON HELTEN AVENUE, SOUTH OF THE CENTURY SCHOOL TENNIS COURTS.