BOISE -- The City of Boise cut the ribbon on a new outdoor gym Friday in Camel's Back Park, and it's free to the public.
BodyBuilding.com team members demonstrated how to use the 15 pieces of strength-training equipment after the ribbon cutting ceremony. They also provided free instruction to the public.
BodyBuilding.com founder and CEO Ryan Deluca believes this is really important for the community, "the biggest thing about it is a lot of people can't make it to the gym. Now, they have no excuse, because this is completely free to our community."
Deluca says that the first outdoor gym, which was installed a couple of years ago in Ann Morrison Park, was very successful. "We wanted to continue our mission of giving back to the community," said Deluca, "Everyone deserves a chance to experience the life-changing physical and mental benefits of a gym – for free."
The new gym comes at no charge to the city. BodyBuilding.com and HC Company have donated the equipment, installation, and five years of maintenance, which is valued at $80,000.
The Director of Boise Parks and Recreation Doug Holloway said, "The outdoor gym provides a healthy, accessible recreational experience for our citizens. We are so grateful to Bodybuilding.com and HC Company for this contribution, which is consistent with the city's goal to help improve the wellness of our residents in neighborhoods throughout the city."
The equipment is on a 1,900-square-foot pad beside the park's playground with signs that give instruction and health tips.