ROBERTSDALE — The City of Robertsdale may soon be one of 200 municipalities and schools across the nation to receive an outdoor fitness court this year as part of an effort to get more …
ROBERTSDALE — The City of Robertsdale may soon be one of 200 municipalities and schools across the nation to receive an outdoor fitness court this year as part of an effort to get more Americans moving.
The National Fitness Campaign, a wellness consulting firm based in San Francisco, has set a goal to build a free outdoor fitness court within a 10-minute bike ride of every American by the year 2030.
The first fitness court opened in Baldwin County in December 2022 when the Daphne cut the ribbon on a court at Al Trione Sports Complex. It was one of more than 400 fitness courts the firm has opened in 42 states since 2017.
Last week Robertsdale City Council approved a resolution to accept a $40,000 grant from the National Fitness Campaign to build a fitness court at the north end of Honeybee Park.
As part of the agreement, the city officials would have to secure $140,000 in supplemental funding for the build.
The resolution requires construction to begin by the end of 2023 or the first quarter of 2024.
Council member Ruthie Campbell said there are no concerns about replacing ripped equipment or elements that might not fare well in the summer sun.
The court is designed to let people use their own body weight at seven different stations built from weather resistant materials. Workouts are adaptable to all fitness levels and participants can download an app to help them move through a set workout schedule.
"Anybody who walks up and down that walking trail can stop and work out," Campbell said. "It will be available for anybody that would just like to stop and use it."