Extreme Exercise Course Coming To Parma's James Day Park

The Warrior Fitness Course will be installed at James Day Park early this summer.

Exercise enthusiasts and athletes searching for a free rigorous outdoor fitness experience will like the new Warrior Fitness Course, expected to be installed in the southwest corner of James Day Park early this summer. The $169,000 exercise course is 45 feet wide and 120 feet long, has 10 workout stations and includes a 40-yard sprinting path.  “It is a serious workout. Athletes, fitness instructors and exercise enthusiasts will like it,” said Recreation Department Director Mickey Vittardi. “I could see residents using it for training because each station focuses on different muscle groups. It is similar to a Ninja course. As far as I know, we’re the first in the area to have something like this.” 

To pay for the course, the city used $50,000 from an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant, $69,000 from the Recreation Department’s budget and a generous donation from the Parma Amateur Athletic Federation. State Representative Jeff Crossman and State Senator Nickie Antonio helped the city get the funding. “We appreciate their assistance because they arranged our meeting with the former Senate president to pitch this new recreational concept,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “Because of the pandemic, people have been using the parks more, and this course gives residents an outdoor workout option.”

Carolyn Kovach

Carolyn J. Kovach

Director of Communications, City of Parma, Mayor's Office

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 3:43 AM, 05.01.2021