Construction to Begin Soon on Yelm Fitness Pad, City Park Improvements

By Daniel Warn / For the Nisqually Valley News
Posted 4/26/22

People in Yelm will soon have a new fitness pad to enjoy at Yelm City Park.

Construction on the pad is set to start on May 9 and that pad is set to open on May 28. It will be located in the corner …

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Construction to Begin Soon on Yelm Fitness Pad, City Park Improvements

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People in Yelm will soon have a new fitness pad to enjoy at Yelm City Park.

Construction on the pad is set to start on May 9 and that pad is set to open on May 28. It will be located in the corner lot by the Yelm Community Center and the old gravel parking lot.

The city of Yelm will also pave the gravel parking lot, and install new sidewalks and picnic tables in the park, among other improvements like new grass in places.

“It’s all going to happen very quickly,” Yelm Public Services Director Cody Colt told the Nisqually Valley News. “Everything will be happening within the next month. … The sidewalks, the picnic tables, everything will be in.”

Colt said the only delay he could possibly foresee is the new sidewalks, but he said he’s fairly confident they will also be completed on time.

The Yelm City Council budgeted the $300,000 worth of improvements for parks in a budget amendment at the end of last year. 

The fitness pad itself is slated to cost about $120,000, but the city will only need to pay about $70,000 after local sponsorships and grants are applied. The city applied for a grant with the National Fitness Campaign and received the $30,000 maximum award.

The Yelm City Council passed a resolution to adopt and allocate funds for the National Fitness Campaign fitness pad, or court, at the end of April 2021. The National Fitness Campaign website calls the court “an innovative outdoor bodyweight circuit training center designed to improve the quality of life in cities, schools, parks and trails across America.”

Part of the campaign includes a fitness ambassador program. Local gyms, as well as interested organizations and individuals, can come out and help people with their workouts, Colt said.



Fitness enthusiasts will also be able to post their workouts to a national board to see how their routine matches up with others across the country.

The National Fitness Campaign also provides a mobile app that can lead folks through their workouts, Colt said.

One benefit to the location of the fitness pad is that it’s adjacent to the splash pad, so parents will be able to work out while their kids play in the water, Colt said. However, he noted that if the parents have younger kids, it would probably be wise to keep a closer eye on them.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the fitness pad is scheduled for 10 a.m. on May 28.

The fitness pad will include a multi-functional core training zone with a shock-absorbing floor, a squat section with plyometric box sets in three sizes with rubberized caps for a variety of workouts, and a pushing area with pushing rings and ladders complete with progressive foot-hold support ledges.

There will also be a 360-degree lunge course with grip-treated lunge steps and multi-angle lunge boxes, a pulling area with pull-up bars and high/low pulling rings, and an agility center in a multi-functional open floor zone with agility dots and an agility ladder.

To round out the offerings, there will be a dual-height bend stations for core strengthening exercises equipped with cushions and grip bars.

The resolution passed at the end of April 2021 designated Yelm as a National Fitness City and a partner to the National Fitness Campaign. Visit https://nationalfitnesscampaign.com/ for more information.

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