Nicholas Ibarra | The Sacramento Observer

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OAK PARK – On Oct. 11, the City of Sacramento, in partnership with AARP and FitLot Outdoor Fitness Parks, opened a new outdoor fitness area at the Oak Park Community Center. 

The new fitness area offers 11 independent exercise machines placed on a rubberized surface with a shaded canopy. The exercises offered strengthen chest, back, shoulders, and arms. The fitness area is built directly adjacent to the playground, allowing parents and grandparents to get a quick workout while they watch their children. The fitness park will be managed by the City’s Youth, Parks, and Community Enrichment (YPCE) Department.

“This is a great addition to Oak Park as it’s important to stay active in a safe environment,” said Vice Mayor Jay Schenirer, who represents the district. “We’re excited that AARP and FitLot provided this space for residents to workout outside.”

“The location near the playground means parents and grandparents can watch their kids play,” said Youth, Parks and Community Enrichment Director Mario Lara. “It’s a great family addition to the community.”

The fitness area is funded by an AARP grant that includes programming for three years, providing classes to the community at no cost. The fitness area is open to the public during regular hours except during programmed classes.

Free classes led by certified fitness instructors will be available later this fall. Classes will include low impact offerings and walking groups. Information and upcoming class schedules can be found online on the City’s website:  

or by calling 916-808-6151.