Metroparks and Mercy Health Bring Fitness to New Heights
The Mercy Health Foundation is donating $100,000 a year for five years to fund the purchase and installation of FitParks. Each unique FitPark provides healthy, free or low-cost outdoor recreation opportunities.
The first FitPark, with outdoor exercise equipment, opened in 2018 at Wildwood Preserve. FitPark: Paddle, a kayak landing at Side Cut and the region’s first “kayak share” at Howard Marsh, opened in 2019. FitPark: Ride, a mountain bike skills course with 21 obstacles, also opened in 2019 at Oak Openings Preserve.
FitPark: Climb will be used at various events including Metroparks annual Outdoor Expo on September 18th. It will also be part of an event sponsored by the NAACP and Metroparks Sunday, September 12 at Glass City Metropark, which will bring climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities to the banks of the Maumee River in East Toledo.