Chattanooga Fitness Zone® areas

Fitness Zone, Chattanooga, TennesseePhoto credit: TPL Archive

Obesity and related health problems are a leading preventable cause of death in America. But for many people, gym membership fees are a barrier to getting in shape. The Trust for Public Land is working to bring free Fitness Zone® areas to parks across the nation, creating a fun, accessible, and social environment where people can enjoy getting fit.

In Chattanooga, we’re using sophisticated mapping software to identify locations where outdoor gym installations would serve the greatest need. Over the past two years, we’ve opened six Trust for Public Land Fitness Zone® areas at the East Lake, South Chattanooga, Carver, East Chattanooga, Eastdale, and Brainerd Youth and Family Development Centers. Following the successful pairing of a new playground with the East Lake Fitness Zone, the three newest sites all feature playgrounds funded by the City of Chattanooga. Together, these community gathering spaces offer residents of all ages and abilities an opportunity to be active outdoors and with each other.

The Tennessee Health Foundation of the Blue Cross Blue Shield has generously supported our work to create Fitness Zones as a model program to promote healthy lifestyles for Tennessee residents.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.