and Mercy Health have completed the first FitPark outdoor
exercise area to provide Metroparks’ visitors new ways to enjoy
the outdoors while improving their health and wellness. The
FitPark is now open near the Ward Pavilion at Wildwood Preserve
Metropark’s East entrance on W. Central Ave., near Corey Road.
The Mercy Health Foundation is donating $100,000 a year for each
of the next five years to fund the purchase and installation of
all-weather, ergonomically-designed fitness equipment which
incorporates the elements of a well-rounded fitness routine into
outdoor fitness stations called FitPark.
“This will add a new dimension to the Metroparks experience,”
said Dave Zenk, executive director of Metroparks Toledo.
“Many people use the parks as part of a healthy lifestyle, and
now, thanks to Mercy Health, we will be able to provide
additional ways to improve fitness in an outdoor setting.”
“At Mercy Health, our commitment to health extends beyond the
walls of our facilities. We want to empower the community to
take back their own well-being and start the journey to healthy
living,” said Bob Baxter, president and CEO, Mercy
Health. “The Metroparks are a staple in Northwest Ohio and they
serve as a great community destination for outdoor fun and
exercise. Mercy Health is honored to partner with them on
bringing another element to outdoor activity via these fitness