On the morning of Saturday, August 6, under the hot sun, Ivette Duran hosted her weekly Fit Camp sessions on the newly opened outdoor fitness court at Delano-Hitch Park in the City of Newburgh.
The new outdoor fitness court, located behind the city recreation department offices, officially opened to the public on Thursday, July 7 with a formal ribbon cutting. Back in October 2021, Senator James Skoufis and Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson had hosted a joint press conference and each official pledged $50,000 each towards the construction. In addition, the National Fitness Campaign [NFC] pledged $30,000 was pledged by the NFC towards the court construction.
The outdoor fitness court concept and current design was created by the NFC and is a seven usage outdoor fitness circuit that offers workouts for your core, your agility and helps work out other muscle groups and parts of the body. Equipment for lunges and squats, pull-ups bars, push-up bars and other workouts are available. The fitness court, like the one now in Newburgh, is one of many across the country on college campuses and in city parks and neighborhoods. A Fitness Court App is available for download so residents and visitors can have access to a free digital workout library.
Though Duran had recently discovered the fitness court, it has helped in her training program and she is grateful to have the space available here. “There’s no better feeling than an accomplished workout,” Duran said. “I feel great.”
Friend Tiffany Paul who took part in the fit camp shared that she felt awesome and was thankful to have this free and accessible workout space. Paul highlighted that parents can bring kids to the fitness court so while kids enjoy the outdoors, parents can workout. “I think it’s awesome that the community can come out and work out on their healthcare goals, their fitness goals and it [the fitness court] is available to the community, in the community,” Paul said “Let’s change the narrative. Newburgh and the surrounding areas, great things can come out of this community and it does come out of this community. The fact that Newburgh brought this into the community is forward movement.”
Several of these fit camps have been hosted at the fitness court and other workout locations, all the while still being free and accessible to anyone who wants to join. Duran encourages any who are looking to start their health journey or look to be a part of a growing workout community to connect with her on Instagram @lamore8 and flyers for her camp are also available at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center.