New outdoor exercise options are coming to town

MASON CITY, Iowa – Getting fit in Mason City is about to get a whole lot easier and cost effective.

The Mason City Youth Task Force was one of 19 organizations selected to receive a grant from the Wellmark Foundation. The group was awarded with a $25,000 grant that will go toward their project “Anywhere Fitness.”

The idea is to bring fitness equipment to four different parks across Mason City, and provide people in the community with new options for staying healthy. Carol Brown, the youth coordinator with the Mason City Youth Task Force tells us, the project was the perfect way to not only bring more awareness to the importance of staying healthy, but to tag-team with current initiatives already in place in town.

“We thought it was a good fit with our Blue Zones initiative,” Brown says, “and it just reconfirms the healthy initiative in our community.” However, this project is only possible if all of the funds can be raised. The $25,000 grant covers the majority of the proposed costs of the project, but Brown tells us they still have a ways to go. They are hoping to install three to four pieces of exercise equipment in different parks in town, but Brown says they’re still doing research to learn how expensive each piece of fitness equipment will be.

So far, Brown says the group is estimating that they will need an additional $13,000 to complete the project, and that they are hoping to raise this money through fundraising. We are told fundraising efforts are already under way, and that the organization raised more than $5,000 from their Moonlight Bike Ride event at the beginning of the month. To get involved, or donate to the project, visit the Mason City Youth Task Force Facebook page or contact Carol Brown at cbrown@masoncity.net.

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