Monday, June 08, 2009

Dedication of a new Outdoor Fitness Zone at Pan Pacific

Los Angeles - The Department of Recreation and Parks, in partnership with the Trust for Public Land (TPL), proudly dedicated an Outdoor Fitness Zone at Pan Pacific Recreation Center on Thursday, June 4, 2009.

TPL is a non-profit organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks and other natural places. The Pan Pacific Outdoor Fitness Zone is part of the TPL’s Fitness Zone Program. The Fitness Zone Program was created to provide new opportunities for park patrons to be active and healthy.

During the last 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 40 million Americans are considered overweight or obese. More than 60% of adults and 50% of young people do not get the recommended amount of regular physical activity. Studies have shown that providing simple and accessible exercise equipment dramatically increases physical activity and therefore improves a person’s health.

The new Fitness Zone is an easy-to-use outdoor gym designed to improve general health through weight loss, cardiovascular endurance, increased flexibility and strength building. The exercise equipment is designed to be durable, vandal resistant and used in various configurations. The Fitness Zone is free and can be used by teenagers and adults of all fitness levels.

The outdoor exercise area has eight pieces of equipment: a cross-country ski machine, an upper body workout station, horizontal bars, leg press machine, lat pull-down machine, seated arm machine, incline crunch bench and lying leg curl machine. All of the machines have American’s with Disability Act compliant surfacing and bilingual instructions decals.

Pan Pacific is the sixth completed Fitness Zone. The Outdoor Fitness Zone was donated in memory of Geysol Johana Lopez Vasquez (April 20, 1972 – August 18, 2007) by her family and friends. Geysol worked to better the health and lives of those around her through selfless service and dedication.

Pan Pacific Recreation Center is located at 7600 Beverly Blvd 90036. For more information on this project of the Department, please visit our website at or call (213) 202-2700.

Jane Kolb: (213) 202-2694
Amy A. Garcia: (213) 202-2689

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