Grand Rapids parks department extends outdoor fitness classes

All classes are free and registration is not required. Courtesy Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department

The city of Grand Rapids’ Parks and Recreation Department extended six of its free outdoor fitness classes through September.

“We know how important these fitness opportunities are to our community,” said John Judnich, the city’s recreation supervisor. “We want to continue to provide ways for community members to stay active and connected during COVID-19.”

Class schedule

  • Zumba at Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center NW: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Mondays Aug. 31 through Sept. 29, excluding Labor Day
  • Pound on the Blue Bridge, off Pearl Street NW downtown: 5:30-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 1-22
  • Sunset yoga at Lookout Park, 801 Fairview Ave. NE: 7-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 1-22
  • Yoga on the Blue Bridge, off Pearl Street NW downtown: 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesdays Sept. 2-23
  • Kickboxing at 555 Monroe Ave. NW: 6:15-7 p.m. Wednesdays Sept. 2-23
  • Yoga at Martin Luther King Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 3-24

The weekly classes are for ages 16 and older. All classes are free and registration is not required. Weather-related cancellations are announced on the Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook page and its cancellation hotline: (616) 456-3699.

The Parks and Recreation Department also will host five fee-based outdoor classes in September. This includes cycling along the banks of the Grand River and forest yoga at Ken-O-Sha Park, 1353 Van Auken St. SE. Each four-week session is $16 per person.

COVID-19 health and safety guidelines remain in place:

  • Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from others outside their household
  • Participant limits will be enforced when maximum capacity with proper physical distancing is reached
  • Participants must bring their own yoga mat, water bottle and towel if needed
  • Masks are not required during fitness sessions but are encouraged when arriving and leaving
  • Individuals who are feeling ill should stay home

For those who prefer to stay home, the department is offering live virtual fitness classes in September and October. The four-week virtual classes are yoga, cardio and dance fitness, and each class costs $16.

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