Adult Fitness Park Coming to the OPC

Thanks to a generous $50,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds of the Community Foundation for SE Michigan, the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) has finalized the planning and construction of the outdoor adult fitness park located on the Commission’s grounds. Grants from the Community Foundation support projects and initiatives that reflect the personal passions of the late Mr. Wilson, a Detroit native and founder and longtime owner of the Buffalo Bills. The Design & Access Fund supports projects in SE Michigan that serve to increase the walkability and bike-ability of local communities and/or increase outdoor recreational activities within the region.

Six outdoor fitness machines next to the OPC building during the fall with leaves scattered around

Current OPC Adult Fitness Park

The low-impact and ADA accessible equipment in the fit park is specifically designed to promote balance, flexibility and overall health and wellness. The OPC is incredibly excited to provide this opportunity enabling members to continue their exercise and wellness routine outside.

As the population 50 years and older grows in the Rochester area, the need for adaptive programs and exercise is growing exponentially. Getting outdoors is a challenge to seniors as their mobility decreases. By creating an outdoor exercise park with a cushioned and smooth surface, on the building premises, low-mobility seniors will have access to fresh air and engaging exercise.

This project is an expansion of OPC programs designed to encourage outdoor activities. The fitness park is more accessible to low-mobility members and encourages more comprehensive exercises for people of all ages. Inclusion of equipment such as chest presses, double ellipticals, sit up benches, captain’s chairs and other cardio and strength devices allows for both casual usage as well as circuit training. Each piece of equipment is ADA accessible and provides modified exercises for individuals at any level seeking to better their health. The OPC is perfectly located within walking distance of downtown Rochester and local neighborhoods, including senior living facilities.

The OPC is extremely grateful for the Community Foundation’s investment in the health and well-being of those 50+ served by the OPC. The OPC is located at 650 Letica Dr., Rochester.

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