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Ogdensburg parks and recreation gets outdoor fitness stations.


Starting this spring, Ogdensburg residents can get in shape in the great outdoors of the city’s Greenbelt.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will install, when weather permits, two ENERGI/ENERGI Jr. outdoor fitness stations, one for adults and the other for youths ages 9 to 14.

The multi-exercise stations, which will set up side by side near the city’s Elsa Luksich Municipal Pool and close to its Maple City Trail, were obtained through a $4,500 grant received by the St. Lawrence Health Initiative’s Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play Project, a grant funded by the state Department of Health.

“It’s something different,” Matthew J. Curatolo, Parks and Recreation director, said Thursday. “We want to enhance and expand the trail. We really want to get people out on the trail.”

The exercises at each station include parallel bars, pull-ups, chin-ups, knee tucks and squats and twists.

This is the second grant the department has received in the last year from the program.

Last fall, a $1,500 grant was used to buy 40 hockey and figure skates for its public skating program at the Richard G. Lockwood Civic Center on West River Street.

The Creating Healthy Places Project, Mr. Curatolo said, assists in the establishment of programs to prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases in St. Lawrence County through changes in communities.

The projects aim to increase physical activity and cut down on sedentary behavior, increase access to healthy foods and reduce access to those with minimal nutritional value.

The grant requires no local match, although Mr. Curatolo said that his department will provide in-kind services by installing the fitness stations and the concrete pads to support them.

“It’ll be a nice springtime project,” he said.

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