Saturday , 19 June 2021

JJ Parr to get outdoor fitness park and playground with 4 Wing money

The proposed outdoor fitness park included in the city council package at the JJ Parr sports facility to be finished early summer, said Mayor Craig Copeland. 

The City of Cold Lake and 4 Wing have entered an agreement where the airbase will fund an outdoor fitness park and playground at the JJ Parr facility.

Mayor Craig Copeland said the fitness park and playground could be finished by late spring or early summer.

At the last city council meeting, the city received letters of understanding that they will receive $130,000 for an outdoor fitness park and $120,000 for a playground at Col. JJ Parr Sports Facility from 4 Wing to enhance outdoor recreation in the area.

“There are a couple thousand people who live out on the wing and there’s a lot of people on Cold Lake south already, so by having quite a nice gym quite a nice outdoor apparatus for the kids,” said Mayor Craig Copeland.

“The outdoor fitness, I’ve never seen these things before. Kinda excited to see what it looks like, plus it’s quite a few handicap features with it. I think that will be a great addition to the community.”

The understanding is 4 Wing is getting outside funding for these projects.

The fitness park also has handicap features and can handle 25 people on the nine units.

It includes:

4-Person Lower Body Combo

4-Person Pendulum, Abs & Dips Station

2-Person Cross-Country Ski

2-Person Back & Arms Combo

2-Person Accessible Vertical Press

2-Person Accessible Lat Pull-Down

2-Person Accessible Chest Press

3-Person Static Combo

4-Person Leg Press

The drawing for the playground at JJ Parr.

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