City of Providence Announces 'Fitness in Providence Parks' Program to Support Active Lifestyles
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City of Providence Announces 'Fitness in Providence Parks' Program to Support Active Lifestyles

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Free and low-cost exercise classes to be offered in City parks throughout the summer and fall.


Mayor Angel Taveras, the Providence Healthy Communities Office, Providence Parks + Recreation, the Partnership for Providence Parks, Yoga Passport and the YMCA of Greater Providence today announced the inaugural Fitness in Providence Parks program. The program provides exercise and fitness activities to help support healthy lifestyles and encourage residents to use and enjoy the city's green spaces.

Fitness classes will be offered for free or at a low cost in parks across Providence this summer and fall. Classes in the lineup include Zumba, yoga, Pilates, circuit training and more. Exercise classes are open to all residents and many offer childcare options.

"Fitness in Providence Parks is an important part of our continued efforts to create a healthier and more vibrant city by providing more opportunities for residents to exercise and spend time outdoors," said Mayor Angel Taveras. "I applaud our community partners including the Partnership for Providence Parks, Yoga Passport and the YMCA of Greater Providence for helping residents maintain healthy lifestyles and enjoy the many green spaces that Providence has to offer."

The Partnership for Providence Parks is a non-profit organization that works with the Providence Parks Department and Friends Groups throughout Providence to transform neighborhood parks into thriving green spaces for community members to enjoy.

"Our parks are great places to work out and build community at the same time," said Wendy Nilsson, director of the Partnership for Providence Parks. "It's great for kids in our parks to play and see their parents and neighbors getting healthier together."

"We are very excited to be a partner with Mayor Taveras and the City, in providing all residents with fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, and Street Workout that are fun, help promote health and well-being, and are accessible to all," said Jim Berson, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Providence.

For a full schedule of classes and updates, visit: http://www.providenceri.com/healthy-communities/free-exercise-classes-in-providence-parks.





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