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Outdoor gym to go in at Victoria Park

The project recently reached its fundraising goal of $69,000
Victoria Park
File photo of Victoria Park. Leah Johansen/Kitchener Today

You will soon be able to do some kettlebell swings in Victoria Park.

An outdoor gym is expected to be in place at the popular Kitchener park by the fall.

The city says the project, which is resident-led, reached its fundraising goal of $69,000 thanks to the support of community organizations like the Kitchener Rangers, who are the project's title sponsor, as well as the Kitchener Sports Association. 

In 2017, the project was also awarded a $20,000 Placemaking Challenge Grant through the city's Love My Hood Neighbourhood Strategy.

As well, there were additional financial contributions from the Rotary Club of Kitchener, Price Chiropractic and Fitness and a Wilfrid Laurier and Sun Life Financial Centre Physically Active Communities grant.

The gym, which will be set up at the entrance of the Iron Horse Trail, will feature various types of equipment that will allow residents of all ages and varying abilities to participate in fitness activities in an open, natural setting.

The project's steering committee is working in cooperation with the YMCA of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo and the city to develop programming at the gym, which will include yoga and circuit training.

"The YMCA is committed to building a healthy community and believes that fitness and recreation opportunities should be accessible to all," said Peter Sweeney, CEO of the local YMCA. "We are pleased to partner on this exciting initiative to enhance our community well-being."

The committee is also reaching out to residents to incorporate their perspectives into the gym's final design.  


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