Free Outdoor Fitness Classes Being Offered at Kingston City Parks

Published on: 2016/08/02 - in Entertainment

In case you missed it – from Monday through to Thursday, the City of Kingston is offering free outdoor fitness classes in a number of local city parks.

The sessions are part of the Neighbourhood Park Program which provides drop-in recreational programming all summer long.

The cost-free classes are 45 minutes long and scheduled in the early morning, late morning and in the afternoon.

The workouts include both yoga and full-body strength training and no equipment is required to join in. However, it is suggested that you bring a mat to the class since some exercises involve sitting or lying on grass.

“The sunrise yoga classes at Breakwater Park are a great way to start the day,” said Katherine Rizzi, City fitness & wellness coordinator, in a release. “Being surrounded by water with the morning sun as you are taken through a series of yoga poses is an oasis of serenity within our city.”

“Another great location is Trillium Ridge Park. It is perfect for parents because FamJam [a children’s drop-in program supervised by City of Kingston summer students] runs there at the same time. This allows mom and dad to have a great workout while the kids play nearby,” Rizzi added.

Due to the recent heat wave, cardio-based workouts haven’t been included in the classes and the City recommends participants bring their own water bottles and drink throughout the session.

The early morning locations, from 7:30 am to 8:15 am, take place at Breakwater Park (200 King Street West) on Monday & Wednesday, and Lake Ontario Park (920 King Street West) on Tuesday & Thursday.

Late morning locations, from 11 am to 11:45 am, are held in McBurney Park (167 Ordnance Street) on Tuesday & Thursday, and on Monday & Wednesday they are held at Trillium Ridge Park (341 Waterloo Drive).
UPDATE: The City just announced that the Wednesday August 3rd class in Trillium Park has been cancelled. Visit their Twitter page for similar future updates.

The afternoon sessions, from 5 pm to 5:45 pm, are in Victoria Park (487 Brock Street) on Monday & Wednesday, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays can be found at both Jim Beattie Park (900 Henderson Blvd.) and the Pump House Steam Museum (23 Ontario Street).

To learn about all the fitness programs offered by the City, check out:

Training photo source: Port of San Diego (cc)