Saginaw working to build a fitness park
Saginaw is looking at building a brand new fitness park allowing people to work out whenever they want for free.
The Saginaw City Council has moved forward to build this park not far from Ojibway Island.
This fitness court would make people use their body weight as a tool for working out.
They'll have chin-up bars, stepping blocks and one other snazzy way to work up a sweat.
"Saginaw would be the first one in the Great Lakes Bay region to install one of these and get them in use,” Phil Karwat Saginaw Public Works Director said.
Saginaw is looking at their community healthier by building a fitness area in Celebration Park.
The city has partnered up with the National Fitness Campaign to make this a reality.
"They partner with cities and schools interested in providing best in class programs to promote activity and community wellness,” Karwat.
A recent study shows around a third of people in Michigan are obese and face a high cardiovascular death rate.
The National Fitness Campaign is working to lower that number and people always on the go.
Karwat says the campaign offers a mobile app and have seven-minute workouts with each station lasting about 45 seconds.
"Record through your phones and literally give you workouts that these fitness groups or you can personally take to the site,” Karwat said.
People won't have to worry about weights because this area will focus you on using your body weight to work out.
Garden City is one of more than a handful to have one of these parks in the state.
"If you notice there some of the pull-ups are stationary heavy duty steel mounted to the concrete,” Karwat said.
Saginaw already has $60,000 worth of funding to build the park and still need to raise $115,000 to make this park.
The city is hoping to finish this project this year.
"I think it would be positive for Saginaw with everything else going on in the community,” Karwat said.