Friends and Neighbors:
The Friends of Jefferson Park, in partnership with the Enrichmond Foundation, City Schools and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities are proud to announce that new fitness equipment will be installed along the Park’s hillside in 2016.
The Friends of Jefferson Park was the recipient of a $51,591 award from Bon Secours Richmond Health System and a $10,000 grant from an anonymous donor. Some additional community fundraising is needed to cover additional costs related to the project. Please visit http://enrichmond.org/partner/friends-of-jefferson-park/ to make a donation to the Friends of Jefferson Park.
The highlight of this project is engaging schools, parks and the community in promoting exercise and healthier lifestyles. We have a commitment from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School to teach their students during Physical Education class (on-site) how to properly use the equipment. Those students then will be assigned to return to the park with their parents/grandparents to teach them how to properly use the equipment.
It is our hope that the equipment will benefit members of the community from Shockoe Bottom, Union Hill, Church Hill, Fairmount and the entire East End. The use of outdoor exercise equipment not only raises fitness levels, but can help reduce childhood obesity, lower blood pressure, reduce the incidence of diabetes and build stronger families in our community.
The equipment is both of high quality and is aesthetically pleasing—Danish Modern in appearance. It will be a highly visible, beautiful addition to Jefferson Park and the City. Once installed, the City Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities has agreed to take ownership of the equipment and maintain it.
Below is a video of the equipment being demonstrated.
We will keep you posted when a ribbon cutting is scheduled.
Bill Conkle, President
Friends of Jefferson Park
An affiliate of the Enrichmond Foundation