AARP Opens New Fitness Park in BANGOR to Commemorate 60th Anniversary
BANGOR: Today, AARP Maine Volunteer State President, Pat Pinto, opened the AARP-sponsored fitness park in Broadway Park in Bangor with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Over the next several years, AARP plans to sponsor a fitness park in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. FitLot, a national nonprofit, will construct over a dozen parks in 2019, which will include FitLotTM exercise equipment that can be adapted to meet a wide range of fitness levels and abilities.
“I am deeply honored to officially open the AARP fitness park by FitLot in Broadway Park,” said Pinto. “Public spaces are essential to a vibrant community like Bangor. This new park represents AARP’s commitment to supporting health and wellness opportunities in our state. We are grateful for the support of our collaborators, community leaders and volunteers who worked with us every step of the way to bring this opportunity to Bangor.”
The opening ceremony included Mayor Sarah Nichols, Tracy Willette, Director of Parks & Recreation, Patty Hamilton, Director of Public Health for the City of Bangor, Dyan Walsh, Executive Director of Eastern Area Agency on Aging, and representatives of the Bangor Age-Friendly Committee. Dozens of AARP Maine volunteers and community members were also in attendance, many of whom had worked together with Fitlot to build the new park ten days ago.
Mayor Sarah Nichols said, "This is going to be a real boon, not just for AARP members, but for everyone in the community. Bangor is proud to be an AARP livable community and we thank AARP for making this happen.”
“We are so excited to have this unique recreational opportunity added to our parks and recreation amenities,” said Tracy Willette, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Bangor. “We cannot wait to create programming for citizens of Bangor as well as the region. A huge thanks to Fitlot and AARP for this fantastic gift.”
“From both the public health and livable communities’ perspective, this fitness park is a great opportunity for our city and for our region to highlight the benefits of fitness, but also the importance of inclusion, social engagement and community,” said Patty Hamilton, Public Health Director for the City of Bangor.
Maine continues to lead the nation in the number of towns, many in rural areas of the state, that are making a difference in the lives of residents through creative and collaborative efforts. The drive to embrace a livable community for people of all ages continues to grow with almost 70 Maine towns and communities having joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.
Bangor’s fitness park – the fourth park to open – includes ample floor space for group exercises and users can attach resistance bands to the upright beams of the structure at ankle, waist and shoulder height for more varied routines. Other AARP state offices in New England opening fitness parks by FitLot include New Hampshire (7/9/19) Rhode Island (7/11/19), Vermont (5/20), Connecticut (5/20) and Massachusetts (8/20).