Yelm City Council passed a resolution to adopt and allocate funds for an outdoor fitness court at one of its parks as part of the 2021 National Fitness Campaign at its April 27 council …
Yelm City Council passed a resolution to adopt and allocate funds for an outdoor fitness court at one of its parks as part of the 2021 National Fitness Campaign at its April 27 council meeting.
The court the city of Yelm hopes to install “is an innovative outdoor bodyweight circuit training center designed to improve the quality of life in cities, schools, parks and trails across America,” according to the National Fitness Campaign website.
It would have 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; a pushing area with pushing rings and ladders complete with progressive foot hold support ledges; a lunging area in 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; an agility center in a multi-functional open floor zone with agility dots and an agility ladder; and two dual-height bend stations for core strengthening exercises with cushions and grip bars, according to the website.
The city applied for a grant with the National Fitness Campaign and received the $30,000 maximum award. The entire project will cost between $120,000 and $150,000, said Yelm Public Works Director Cody Colt. The rest of the money is set to come from sponsorships and possibly from the Yelm parks budget, with Yelm matching $30,000 specifically. The city has applied for a $10,000 grant from the Port of Olympia for that purpose.
The resolution designates Yelm as a national fitness city, states Yelm will partner with the National Fitness Campaign, and do its best to find sponsors and interest for the initiative in addition to the grant money, Colt said.
“Our hope is to reach out to sponsorships to get that other $90,000 to $100,000. … It’s looking like we might be able to get all of that money, or even some of the money we pledged we might not have to spend because they’ll put more forward,” he said, adding there is already some sponsorship interest, but it is too early to reveal the relevant parties.
If the current sponsorships don’t pan out, Yelm has until the end of the year to find more, Colt said.
“What will happen is we’ll keep looking for sponsors,” Colt said. “If we can’t find any, the project will continue to get pushed. If we can’t find any by the end of the year, then we’ll lose the grant and we’ll have to reapply if we try to do this at a future time.”
If the city cannot find the sponsorships, the resolution does not require it to pony up the cash.
“We can take out of our budget as much as council sees fit, or as little,” Colt said. “Our goal is to spend none, or nearly none, out of our current budget and look just for sponsorship to fill nearly all of it.”
If or when the money is obtained, the council is still not obligated to go through with the project, Colt said.
“Even with sponsorship it will ultimately be council’s decision if we build this, so if we have all of the money paid for through sponsorships and grants and council decides not to move forward at that point, we can still cut ties then,” he said. “But ideally, if we had all the sponsorships, council wouldn’t have to spend any money and we would just have to get the approval to place it.”
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