INSTRUCTOR LUZ BETANCUR leads a free Zumba class recently sponsored by Clínica Esperanza in Donigian Park.
By Patricia Daddona PBN Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE – The city, its YMCA and the nonprofit Partnership for Providence Parks are offering a summer and fall program dubbed Fitness in Providence Parks.
The program provides exercise and fitness activities to help support healthy lifestyles and encourage residents to use and enjoy the city’s green spaces.
The partnership, Mayor Angel Taveras, the Providence Healthy Communities Office, Providence Parks + Recreation, Yoga Passport and the YMCA of Greater Providence launched the program in late July.
Fitness classes are being offered for free or at a low cost in parks across the city. Classes in the lineup include Zumba, yoga, Pilates, circuit training and more. Exercise classes are open to all residents and many offer childcare options.
“Fitness in Providence Parks is an important part of our continued efforts to create a healthier and more vibrant city by providing more opportunities for residents to exercise and spend time outdoors,” Mayor Angel Taveras said.
Jim Berson, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Providence, said the YMCA is “excited” to partner with the city and other groups to promote fitness.
The Partnership for Providence Parks is a non-profit organization that works with the Providence Parks Department and Friends Groups throughout Providence to transform neighborhood parks into thriving green spaces for community members to enjoy.
”Our parks are great places to work out and build community at the same time,” said Wendy Nilsson, director of the Partnership for Providence Parks. “It’s great for kids in our parks to play and see their parents and neighbors getting healthier together.”