Big Rapids Makes Outdoor Fitness Free for All in Mecosta County

The Big Rapids Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!


Here’s How It Happened:


The City of Big Rapids, Michigan is making world-class fitness free with a brand new Fitness Court®!

Carefully selected as one of hundreds of cities nationwide, Big Rapids’ city leaders commitment to wellness and fitness for all was a major reason the National Fitness Campaign selected them to build a community health program around cutting-edge outdoor infrastructure. The new Fitness Court in Triangle Park will be a high quality exercise experience available to adults of all abilities — and completely free of cost!


The Fitness Court is designed to transform this thriving public park into a community wellness hub. A free Fitness Court App allows residents to attend classes, track their training progress, learn simple seven-movement routines and compete in exciting fitness challenges!

Triangle Park, located behind the Spectrum Health Hospital and near River Street Soccer Fields, is the city’s newest premier destination for free fitness. Residents can walk, bike or skate from the Riverwalk, which connects all the city parks along the Muskegon River.  Its location is convenient for those that play and watch the busy soccer games across the street — what better way to enjoy time between games then get a free workout!


To give residents a jump-start on their summer workouts, a Fitness Court Community Block Party & Health Fair was held in June. Attendees enjoyed free express classes, one-on-one Ambassador training opportunities, and giveaways from local vendors!



Garden City Leads State in Joining National Fitness Campaign

The Garden City Fitness Court is NOW OPEN!


Here’s How It Happened:

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City leaders, residents, local businesses, and community groups in Garden City, Michigan have rallied together in pursuit of health and wellness. Thanks to the outstanding hard work of city staff and incredible generosity of local donors, Garden City will have the first Fitness Court in the state of Michigan!

Using the state’s lead crowdfunding platform — Patronicity — Garden City promoted the value of the Fitness Court across the community and raised over $50,000 in donations! Further contributing to the success of the project was the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Wayne County, who matched community donations dollar for dollar and helped carry Garden City to the goal line.

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“The Garden City Fitness Court campaign has been an extraordinary journey and a true example of a community rallying behind free fitness for all,” said Monica Fulton, Garden City Director of Community Resources.

Bringing the Fitness Court to the community is part of an effort to get Garden City residents moving like never before. With support from the city, local organizations can use the Court as a venue for group fitness classes and health workshops to spread awareness and spark excitement about healthy living.


“The City of Garden City is passionate about providing its residents with opportunities to build happy and healthy lives. The National Fitness Campaign’s mission proclaims dedication to building healthy communities around the world. It is a perfect fit and both organizations are better for having partnered together in the spirit of health,” said Fulton.