MUSKEGON, MI – A fitness station at Beachwood Park in Muskegon is the focus of a campaign to raise grant matching funds.

The fitness station is the first part of an effort to launch a “fitness and environmental trail” along the Lakeshore Trail at the park, according to a press release from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

The Patronicity fundraising campaign needs to raise $20,000 by May 15 to qualify for a matching grant through the MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

The Thrive 450 fitness station is described as a “10-person fitness pod that provides upper and lower body strength training.” It is manufactured by GameTime.

The park, located just steps from Lake Michigan, is the site of regular group fitness activities during warmer months. Its pickleball courts also are frequently in use.

The $40,000 fitness station would be located near those courts and the park’s playground, according to the Patronicity campaign literature.

It would be first of several fitness stations hoped to be located along a 1.6-mile beach loop of the city of Muskegon’s Lakeshore Trail.

Among the features of the park’s station would be pull-up bars, sit-up benches, a medicine ball, ladders, step-up platforms and fitness flooring.

The effort is a project of the Bluffton Beachwood Neighborhood Association, the City of Muskegon and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

“We are excited to provide a fun place for Muskegon neighbors and visitors to gather outdoors and get moving,” neighborhood association Chair Chris Willis said in a prepared statement. “The fitness trail project has long had neighborhood support, but outdoor recreational equipment is prohibitively expensive.”

Donations can be made by clicking here. Cash or checks also can be mailed in an envelope marked “BBNA Lakeshore Fitness Trail” to the City of Muskegon, 933 Terrace Street, 49440.

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity.

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