SWANSEA — Doesn’t free membership to an outdoor fitness center sound exciting? It’s likely that more than a few people will answer in the affirmative, so Swansea Memorial Park is expected to quickly become an even more popular destination. Masu.
80 x 40 feet fitness coat Facilities for ages 14 and up will be available soon, likely by mid-November. Actual court proceedings will take place. The City Road Bureau, which prepared the site, is currently completing work around the court, including drainage.
The NFC Fitness Courts are located at the north end of the park, across Milford Road from the Case High School entrance and across the park road from the recently renovated playground and tennis courts.
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The ocean blue-based court has two sides and is separated by a wall. One side is basically a 6-by-20-foot open exercise studio for yoga and aerobics. On the other side, there are seven stations for low-impact, agile exercises with wall-mounted rings, bars, and easy-to-use blocks for stretching and core training. Instructions are posted on the wall both visually and in writing.
The fitness court itself National fitness campaignaffiliated with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Fall River recently installed a similar fitness court at Britland Park, also sponsored by the National Fitness Campaign and Blue Cross Blue Shield. It opened in August.
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How Swansea paid for their fitness center
Former parks superintendent Matt Bean discovered a grant opportunity with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Massachusetts Interstate Insurance Association. The town approved $125,000 for the project last spring.
Town Administrator Mallory Aronstein said Bean thought a fitness court would be a “good addition to the park,” especially given the popularity of the boardwalk that was built in 2021. The court is along the path.
Total material and installation costs are $199,100. The town won her $100,983 grant. $50,000 of that was through NFC/Blue Cross Blue Shield and the rest he received from an MIIA Wellness Grant.
Aronstein said about $6,000 from the public building budget was used for materials. And the town paid for the Highway Department’s work, which Aronstein called “invaluable work.” They are so talented and so good. ”
The Highway Department installed the tile on the studio side and gave the town a $7,000 project credit.
How to use the fitness center
Aronstein emphasized that the courthouse complies with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations and can also be used for group practice classes.
She said she anticipates the court will be a place for fitness-minded people to gather, help area seniors age in place and help community members live healthy, active lives. She emphasized many times during her recent site visit that the fitness court is not a playground.
Aronstein said the fact that this is an outdoor fitness court is appealing to many people with coronavirus concerns.
The seven court stations are core, squat, push, lunge, pull, agility, and bend.
The fitness court price includes the town’s name in large letters on the side of the wall facing Milford Road.
“This is really a symbol that brings the town and community together,” Aronstein said.
Adjacent to the fitness court on Milford Road, the town-owned two-story boarded-up Gardner House has been preserved. This house obscures the word Swansea from the street. Aronstein said the parks commission requested demolition, but once that option was put on warrants, the historical commission asked for time to find out the price of the renovations. She said selectmen agreed to the postponement. “But we haven’t received the final numbers yet. I think we’ll be working on demolition in the spring. It looks really bad.”