Teaneck NJ opens outdoor gym in Votee Park
Township Manager Dean Kazinci discusses features of the new outdoor fitness facility at Votee Park in Teaneck
TEANECK — A 13-station exercise equipment center has opened on the northeast side of Votee Park, and although it’s been in the works for a long time, the timing couldn’t be better.
The 2,100-square-foot rubber-padded area was proposed two years ago to replace exercise facilities on the west side of the park that had become outdated, according to Township Manager Dean Kazinci.
“There was a tremendous need to provide this outdoor service to our residents,” Kazinci said. “With gyms not open, this provides a little relief for them.”
Indoor gyms in New Jersey remain under strict restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic, with only one-on-one sessions permitted.
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Gym members will readily recognize hydraulic-powered cross-fitness stations opposite the tennis and handball courts, including machines for cardio, chest, shoulder, leg, back, tricep and bicep workouts.
“There’s a little something for everyone from beginner to advanced,” Kazinci said. “We didn’t plan it that way, but the stations are are least six feet apart so people can maintain social distancing while using it.”
The area is ADA compliant and open to the public every day from sunrise to sunset. Instructions for proper use are posted at each equipment station.
The fitness area is designed for users age 14 and older, at least 5 feet tall, and a maximum of 300 pounds.
“We encourage anyone using the fitness facility to first consult with a physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness program,” Kazinci said.
The $200,000 project was funded with a combination capital funds and Open Space Trust money. It was built over six weeks and completed Aug. 18.
Marsha Stoltz is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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