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National Fitness Campaign Expands to North Carolina With Free Fitness For Columbus County

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Columbus County has put free fitness on the map in North Carolina with the world’s best outdoor gym!

Selected as one of the first 100 NFC grant awardees in 2018, Columbus County is now ready to cut the ribbon on its newly installed Fitness Court®. Residents can visit this exciting new amenity in the city of Whiteville, on a county owned 10 acre open space — fittingly named Fitness Park.

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Julie Strickland, Columbus County Recreation Director, knew when she saw the Fitness Court that it would be a great fit for their existing development and park plans. She explained that “…Initial development objectives were to meet fitness and wellness needs of the county. This park property already serves annual events that promote better health and wellness.”

In addition to the new outdoor Fitness Court, the centrally located Fitness Park features a ½ mile walking trail, making free fitness easily accessible to all!  NFC is thrilled to bring the Campaign to North Carolina, and act as a model for other counties nationwide who prioritize healthy living.


In honor of their new Fitness Court, the Columbus County Recreation Department will host an exciting launch party event on Wednesday, July 31st at 9:00 AM. All are invited to try out the new outdoor gym by participating in free express classes. Attendees will learn to use the Fitness Court and the integrated free mobile app, all in an afternoon of fun in the summer sun.

You don’t want to miss this — see you on the #FitnessCourt!