New fitness court will provide more recreation in Jefferson County, Illinois | New

JEFFERSON COUNTY, IL – Residents of Mount Vernon, Illinois will soon be able to enjoy a new fitness court in Lincoln Park.

The National Fitness Campaign Fitness Court is a seven-station outdoor wellness center. It allows users to get a complete workout by leveraging their own body weight.

There are over a hundred fitness courts across the country, and the number keeps growing. Each fitness court is intended to be enjoyed by adults of all ages and fitness levels. Users can download the free Fitness Court app on iOS and Android devices for help navigating the court.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mayor John Lewis said the court “will provide everyone with the opportunity to enjoy a unique training experience and promote a healthy lifestyle for our community.” Lewis noted that many residents have suggested that more recreational opportunities be made available in the city during listening sessions. According to Lewis, the fitness field allows the city to do just that.

The fitness field was funded by a $30,000 grant from the National Fitness Campaign, a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield, and matching funding from the city.

Residents can attend the Opening Day kick-off event from 4-6 p.m. on July 15, where they can expect to learn more about the court, upcoming community wellness events and programming.

The City of Mount Vernon is currently looking for Ambassadors to raise awareness and educate the community about the fitness field. If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, you can contact Kendra Donoho at 618-242-6802 or Angela Schrum at 618-242-3151.

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