Cleveland Fitness Zone areas

Fitness Zone exercise area, Cleveland, OHPhoto credit: Tirice Gamble

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 Cleveland, The Trust for Public Land worked with Saint Luke’s Foundation and the Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL) initiative to bring three Fitness Zone® areas to the east side communities of Buckeye, Larchmere, and Woodland Hills. The three installations are situated at least a half-mile apart and are also located along walking routes established by the HEAL initiative.

Funding for these Fitness Zones was provided a lead grant from Saint Luke’s Foundation, a contribution from The MetroHealth System, and grants from The Reinberger Foundation and CareSource Foundation.

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