Fitness Courts Are Open!

Our brand-new fitness courts are open and ready to be used, following a Launch Party this past Saturday at Buccleuch Park.

Two National Fitness Campaign Fitness Courts are available for the public to use, one at Buccleuch Park and one at Alice Jennings Archibald Park. These state-of-the-art outdoor exercise stations are outfitted with specialized exercise equipment that targets different areas of the body in a circuit training layout.

New Brunswick is the first community in not only New Jersey, but the entire tri-state area to incorporate these Fitness Courts. So, a National Fitness Campaign team, including company founder Mitch Menaged, came to New Brunswick to celebrate with Mayor Cahill, Councilperson Rebecca Escobar, representatives from our City departments, and several community partners, including Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center, New Brunswick Public Schools and Rutgers University.

New Brunswick’s new Fitness Courts are open, following a September 8 Launch Party at Buccleuch Park. (L-R) Fitness Professional Susane Pata, NBPD Officer Karlo Sarmiento, NFC Director Trent Matthias, NBFD Lt. Robert Piparo, New Brunswick Parks Superintendent Mike Montanez, Councilperson Rebecca Escobar, NFC Founder Mitch Menaged, Mayor Jim Cahill, New Brunswick Recreation Director Sonny Keels, NBPD Capt. Mike Bobadilla and NBPD Officer Robert Bogdanski.

Each Fitness Court can accommodate up to 28 people at a time, with all exercises open to modification for users of all abilities. A free app is also available for iPhone and Android devices that helps users track their progress and try different guided workouts.

Craig Lowery, Athletics Director for New Brunswick Public Schools and Steve Louka, Supervisor for Health & PE for New Brunswick Public Schools participate in a fitness challenge, guided by NFC Director Trent Matthias at the Launch Party.

All community members are invited to come to Alice Jennings Archibald Park and Buccleuch Park to try the Courts out for themselves, either solo or with their friends!

These fitness courts are the latest in our City-wide dedication to the renewal of our parks system, with other such recent additions as the new spray pads opened earlier this summer at Alice Jennings Archibald Park and Joyce Kilmer Park, renovations to playing fields and courts at parks around town, new landscaping; a new mural at Memorial Stadium; and a whole new plan for Feaster Park and Pittman Park.

NBFD Firefighter Kenneth Evans guides users in the proper way to use exercise equipment on the Fitness Court.

This extensive commitment to the renovation and re-energizing of our parks system, is guided by our Parks Action Plan that was created in cooperation with the Trust for Public Land.

To view more photos from the Launch Party, click here.

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