BANGOR – A new gym is coming to Bangor and no membership fees are required. Some area residents spent Tuesday morning at Broadway Park installing the new equipment.
In honor of its 60th anniversary, AARP is collaborating with communities across the country to develop fitness parks. Broadway park in Bangor is getting one of them.
“I think we can do lots and lots of things here,” said AARP Maine State Director Lori Perham.
“There’s great work going on in Bangor to make sure it’s livable for all ages and we thought this would make the perfect place to donate a park,” Perham said.
Officials said the fitness park can be used by everyone regardless of age or ability.
“So folks can come out, get together, exercise and really enjoy the outdoors,” Perham said.
Bangor Public Health Director Patty Hamilton said the fitness equipment will benefit the community.
“We are the 100th livable community for the World Health Organization. It really fits with our mission. It fits with what we are trying to do,” she said.
AARP staff and volunteers started installing the fitness park Tuesday. It is set to be finished by next week and a ribbon cutting is scheduled for Friday, July 12.
“It comes with three years of coaching and training and opportunity to have programming here and we really have not had that to this extent in our park so I think there’s a lot of opportunity that way,” Hamilton said.