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As summer goes on, more and more people are wanting to get outside and stay active. Exercising outside is a great way to ensure social distancing and keep you and your community safe.

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The COVID-19 situation has certainly affected how many residents are choosing to utilize some of Kingsport’s other parks and recreational programming. If you’d like to share your thoughts about this with Kingsport Parks and Recreation, please take this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Kingsport_COVID_survey. Your thoughts and opinions will help shape future park projects and help plan for next steps.

New Fitness Equipment Update

Kingsport residents now have an even more accessible outlet for fitness during the current pandemic. Luckily, through a partnership with ETSU Health, there are even more opportunities outside your home to stay fit.

A physician with ETSU Health Family Medicine Kingsport, Dr. Tyler Schmitz, had received a Local Humanitarian Grant from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) to fund a project he’d thought up in March. This project, the Quarantine Fitness Project, was designed to help people stay active during times when gyms and other fitness spaces were closed. The proposal was to install outdoor exercise equipment along the Kingsport Greenbelt and also create free workout videos that community members could follow along with at home.

The resulting fitness park, located on the Kingsport Greenbelt near the Industry Drive roundabout, overlooks the Holston River and consists of different fitness stations. There stations are funded by the AMSSM grant and installed by ETSU Health while the other stations are funded by Kingsport Parks and Recreation. The fitness park also includes a bicycle tire pump, bicycle maintenance station, water fountain, multiple picnic tables and a shelter. There is ground covering and borders installed around the equipment for added safety, along with a ramp to abide by ADA compliance.

For more information about Kingsport’s parks, please visit kingsportparksandrecreation.org or visit Kingsport Parks and Recreation on Facebook.