Metroparks Toledo and Mercy Health have completed the first FitPark outdoor exercise area to provide Metroparks’ visitors new ways to enjoy the outdoors while improving their health and wellness. The FitPark is now open near the Ward Pavilion at Wildwood Preserve Metropark’s East entrance on W. Central Ave., near Corey Road.

The Mercy Health Foundation is donating $100,000 a year for each of the next five years to fund the purchase and installation of all-weather, ergonomically-designed fitness equipment which incorporates the elements of a well-rounded fitness routine into outdoor fitness stations called FitPark.

“This will add a new dimension to the Metroparks experience,” said Dave Zenk, executive director of Metroparks Toledo. “Many people use the parks as part of a healthy lifestyle, and now, thanks to Mercy Health, we will be able to provide additional ways to improve fitness in an outdoor setting.”

“At Mercy Health, our commitment to health extends beyond the walls of our facilities. We want to empower the community to take back their own well-being and start the journey to healthy living,” said Bob Baxter, president and CEO, Mercy Health. “The Metroparks are a staple in Northwest Ohio and they serve as a great community destination for outdoor fun and exercise. Mercy Health is honored to partner with them on bringing another element to outdoor activity via these fitness stations.”