National Fitness Campaign Unveils Planned Fitness Field at Lions Club Park in Jerseyville

JERSEYVILLE — A fitness court is coming to Lions Club Park in Jerseyville thanks to a partnership between city officials, community donors and the National Fitness Campaign.

Construction has begun on the facility at the corner of North Jefferson and East Spruce streets in Jerseyville. When completed, the site will offer seven free training zones, as well as a mobile app, “Fitness Court”, which organizers say includes a “coach-in-your-pocket” platform adaptable to all fitness levels. fitness levels.

The pandemic prompted NFC to set a goal of partnering with 10,000 communities worldwide by 2030. Community leaders in Jerseyville were already looking to improve the local quality of life by investing in parks and public spaces. Jerseyville Councilman Kevin Stork heard about the NFC opportunity and started pushing to bring the Fitness Court to town.

“We’re trying to transform Lions Club Park,” Stork said. “Coming out of COVID, we’re also trying to find ways to engage the community in outdoor activities as a way to continue this transformation while promoting public welfare.”

Stork and Zach Crawford researched NFC and learned that only a few communities in Illinois had a fitness court. They saw the facility as a way to help improve community well-being in Jerseyville.

Last year, Jerseyville was one of several dozen recipients who received a $25,000 grant from the NFC and the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association for a fitness field. Additional funding for the project has come from a public-private partnership of municipal funds and local private sponsors who will be recognized on the main wall of the fitness center. The private fundraiser was made possible through the efforts of Tyler Hermens, Jerseyville Director of Parks and Recreation, with JCH Healthcare being the lead corporate donor.

Long-term plans for the site include a multi-phase project to transform both Lions Club Park and adjacent Wittman Park into a resort that not only supports health and wellness, but also a place for arts and entertainment. The city’s long-term capital improvement plan includes increasing recreational opportunities as a key priority.

In addition to the NFC outdoor fitness court, the project includes new pickleball courts, the rehabilitation of basketball courts, sand volleyball courts,
an ADA-compliant play set, new restrooms, kiddy pool, outdoor amphitheater with hillside seating, and upgrades to the Feyerabend building.

“I think it’s a great investment in the health and well-being of our community,” Crawford said. “We remain committed to being proactive and progressive in improving the quality of life both in our parks and across the city, and this project is a great starting point for our long-term plans.”

Plans are being finalized for an opening day celebration in May where people can try out the Fitness Court and learn about upcoming community wellness programs.

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