Braddock Park gets a new fitness station

Bodyweight workouts, calisthenics, resistance machines, and more

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The park was officially opened on June 27. Photo by Art Schwartz
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A crowd of park-goers was eager to try out the equipment. Photo by Art Schwartz
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Freeholder Anthony Vainieri conquered the bars. Photo by Art Schwartz
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Squatting on a spring requires good balance. Photo by Art Schwartz
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The step-master is ideal for low impact cardio. Photo by Art Schwartz
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The park was officially opened on June 27. Photo by Art Schwartz
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A crowd of park-goers was eager to try out the equipment. Photo by Art Schwartz
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Freeholder Anthony Vainieri conquered the bars. Photo by Art Schwartz
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Squatting on a spring requires good balance. Photo by Art Schwartz
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The step-master is ideal for low impact cardio. Photo by Art Schwartz

North Bergen officials, County Executive Tom DeGise, Hudson County Freeholder Chair Anthony Vainieri, and healthcare representatives from Palisades Medical Center recently cut the ribbon on a new fitness station in Braddock Park.

The outdoor workout equipment is accessible to the public and can be used as long as Braddock Park is open. It’s next to the tennis courts at the edge of the park near 79th Street.

The new fitness station includes equipment ideal for bodyweight workouts, calisthenics, and resistance machines. The station provides a full-body workout, without the gym membership fees.

While there may be other creative ways to use the equipment, the features are designed for incline push-ups, pull-ups, ab work, shoulder lifts, leg presses, bar swings, box jumps, cardio, and balance exercises.

“This is a beautiful, sustainable project made possible through Palisades Medical Center, along with Rotary Club 7490,” North Bergen Health Department Director Janet Castro said. “This is something that the community can use anytime, as long as Braddock Park is open. We’re trying to get people out and get them moving. The park has seen a lot of growth in the last few years.”

Castro said that the equipment was designed to require very little maintenance over the years. The expected lifespan of the station is several decades.

The station was funded through a $70,000 contribution made jointly by Hackensack University Health Palisades Medical Center and Rotary Club District 7490. Hudson County’s Parks Department provided the labor to construct the station.

Park-goers stopped by for the ribbon cutting, many putting the equipment to the test. Freeholder Vainieri was one of the first to give the bars the old college try. He requested a photo in The Hudson Reporter. Check it out!

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