Come try it for yourself
BY JULIE CHENG
When Brad White retired in 2021 as the Windermere physical and health education department head, his dream was to leave a legacy of fitness and health for the community. It was the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and opportunities for indoor exercise were limited.
“I believe that creating an outdoor fitness park at the edge of the school campus that is easily accessible to everyone will be a valuable community asset,” he wrote in the March 2021 issue of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News.
“Everyone in the community, from students who are missing their school clubs and sports, to seniors who are having to forego their usual group exercise sessions, will be able to visit a dedicated outdoor fitness facility.”
Now Brad White’s dream has come true. With the support of the Windermere Parent Advisory Council and donations from local residents and businesses to funders from all levels of government, the Windermere Community Fitness Park was opened in August 2022. It’s located at Lillooet and East 27th Avenue on the grounds of Windermere high school.
The fitness park is designed to fit 30 students during class hours. Outside of school hours, all residents are invited to make use of it in the fresh outdoors. Best of all, it’s free.
Fundraising continues for additional amenities including signage, seating, landscaping and a table tennis court.
To donate or to find more information, visit https://windermerefitnesspark.com/.