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New outdoor gym for seniors opens in Meridian

By Meredith Spelbring / Idaho News 6

Seniors who have avoided gyms during the pandemic now have a new option in Meridian.

The City announced Wednesday a new six-piece outdoor gym was installed in Kleiner Park for public use. The park’s newest amenity, which is located near the Meridian Senior Center, comes from a partnership between the Meridian Mayor’s Senior Advisory Board (MSAB), the Meridian City Council, the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department, and Engineered Structures, Inc., according to a news release from the City of Meridian.

“This was a project that allowed MSAB to increase the number of activities the City of Meridian produced for the Senior population,” said MSAB Co-Chair Jim Lucker in a statement. “It allows seniors a new way to utilize our wonderful park system and compliments the floating dock we installed last year, which sits adjacent to the exercise equipment.”

The park addition gives residents an alternative option to a gym as coronavirus cases continue to increase.

The new outdoor gym was designed to include elements of a well-rounded fitness routine and be accessible to users or all ages, fitness levels and abilities, according to the city. Although the Senior Advisory Board worked to make the equipment accessible to seniors, anyone is welcome to use it.

“Allowing each of our generations to have a voice and make an impact on their community is very important,” said Mayor Robert Simison in a statement. “Projects like this allow for creative ways to ensure Meridian is a well-rounded community with opportunities for residents of all ages.”

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