City Parks Foundation Launches Spring 2017 Season of CityParks Senior Fitness


Free Yoga and Fitness Walking Instruction in 3 Bronx Parks
April 24 – June 16, 2017

New York, NY — City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, 60 and over, to participate in CityParks Seniors Fitness. The spring 2017 season of Seniors Fitness programs began the week of April 24, and offers free tennis lessons, yoga instruction and fitness walking in 16 parks across the city. In the Bronx, the program is offered in Pelham Bay Park, Soundview Park, and Van Cortlandt Park.

CityParks Seniors Fitness has served over 10,000 participants since it began in 2006 and aims to keep neighborhood parks a great place for community activity. The program encourages New Yorkers to maximize the health benefits of staying active at all ages. Even in moderate amounts, exercise can help participants feel better, maintain or lose weight, reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes, and minimize the symptoms of arthritis.

“Exercise is so important at all ages, but it is especially important for seniors who typically lead more sedentary lifestyles,” says Mike Silverman, Director of Sports at City Parks Foundation. “We’ve found that exercising even just once a week helps participants feel better mentally and emotionally. The program is a great opportunity for seniors to be social and meet new people in their neighborhoods, while getting outside and having some fun.”

All activities in this eight-week fitness program take place once or twice a week at each location through June 16.

For more information about City Parks Foundation’s free Seniors Fitness programs, please call the Sports Department at (718) 760-6999. All equipment and instruction is provided free of charge. Sessions are one hour unless otherwise noted, once or twice a week.

The following is a detailed schedule for CityParks Seniors Fitness in the Bronx for spring 2017.

Pelham Bay Park
Yoga – Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9 AM –  Middletown Rd & Stadium Ave

Soundview Park
Walking – Mondays/Wednesdays at 9 AM – Lafayette Ave between Boynton & Colgate Aves
Yoga – Mondays/Wednesdays at 10 AM – Lafayette Ave between Boynton & Colgate Aves

Van Cortlandt Park
Yoga – Mondays/Wednesdays at 9 AM – Woodlawn Tennis Courts Jerome Ave & E 233rd St
Walking – Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9 AM – Woodlawn Tennis Courts Jerome Ave & E 233rd St

As in all of its programming and activities, City Parks Foundation partners with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to improve neighborhood parks and the communities they serve. City Parks Foundation’s Sports & Fitness Programs annually offer free expert instruction to over 14,000 New York youth and seniors at over 80 locations citywide.

CityParks Seniors Fitness is sponsored by Humana with support from New York Road Runners. Additional support generously provided by David Pinter and Zwicker Electric Co. Inc., The Northfield Bank Foundation, and Eastern Adult Tennis Foundation (EATF) of USTA Eastern. Public support is provided by New York City Council.

City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. At CPF, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community development, and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs and community building initiatives — located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across New York City — reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities.

Featured image provided by Alan Roche

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