Ottumwa continues to move forward with fitness-oriented projects in the community.
Two years ago, a $7,000 donation from the Ottumwa Rotary Club purchased equipment for a fitness station in Ottumwa Park near the lagoon. After seeing its success, the Rotary Club has made a follow-up donation of $6,000 to purchase more equipment.
The station now has mobile pieces of equipment, such as leg and bench presses and shoulder equipment. Stationary equipment like chin-up and pull-up bars, a sit-up bench and extension bench will soon be added.
"We're going to double the size of that fitness station and that fits right in with a lot of the health initiatives that are going around town like Blue Zones and some of the other projects we're working with, especially the University of Iowa instructors," said Gene Rathje, Director of Ottumwa Parks and Recreation. "So we're trying to improve people's overall health and physical fitness in Ottumwa."
A few of those other projects include the mountain bike trail in Memorial Park and the dog park.
The new equipment is being purchased from Miracle Recreation in Marshalltown and will be installed sometime in late March when the ground has thawed.
Rathje said if the station continues to be successful and popular amongst Ottumwa residents, the department will look at adding more stations in the future.