WAKE FOREST — The Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Flaherty Park outdoor fitness court on June 25. PRCR Director Ruben Wall and Mayor Vivian Jones made brief remarks while Camp Gladiator instructors conducted demonstrations.
“It’s an impressive new addition to our parks and greenways system that we believe will make fitness fun and accessible to everyone,” Wall said. “It’s also another way we’re promoting health and fitness while also providing opportunities for our residents to connect with one another.”
The Flaherty Park outdoor fitness court is an open-air wellness center that allows users to leverage their own body weight to get a complete workout. Created for adults of all ages, the Fitness Court is adaptable for all fitness levels.
As a bonus, users can download the free Fitness Court App — a coach-in-your-pocket style platform — that transforms the outdoor gym into a digitally supported wellness ecosystem. The app, entitled Fitness Court, is available for iOS and Android.
The outdoor fitness court is a featured part of a 2022 initiative launched by National Fitness Campaign, a nationwide consulting organization that partners with cities and schools to plan, build, and fund healthy infrastructure.
In 2021, the town of Wake Forest was selected from hundreds of applicants around the country — and the first in the Triangle — to be awarded a $25,000 grant from NFC to help support the program.
NFC developed the trademarked seven-station system in 2012 hoping to inspire municipalities to transform public spaces into community fitness hubs. There are currently 200 active fitness court locations across the country, and the campaign will reach a total of 500 cities and schools by the end of 2022.
“We’re excited to bring our campaign to make world-class fitness free to Wake Forest,” said NFC Founder Mitch Menaged. “Together with the town, NFC is happy to be part of a wellness network growing across the nation. With funding to reach 1,000 cities and schools by 2024, our fitness courts, free mobile app, classes, and clinics are building healthy habits for millions of people.”
For more information, contact PRCR Director Ruben Wall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-435-9561.