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Saturday workouts available for free at Gainesville parks
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Fitness in the Park
When: 10-11 a.m. Saturdays
March 19: Boot camp at Frances Meadows Center’s Cabbell Field, 1545 Community Way, Gainesville
March 26: Family yoga for ages 10 and older at Wessell Park, 493 Holly Drive, Gainesville
April 16: Step at Longwood Park, 20 Pearl Nix Pkwy, Gainesville
April 23: Zumba at DeSota Park, 1142 DeSota Street, SE, Gainesville
April 30: Pilates at Rock Creek Park, 223 Northside Drive, NW Gainesville
Cost: Free and no registration required
More info: or 770-531-2680

Taking a boot camp, zumba or yoga class can be pricey, but Gainesville Parks and Recreation wants to give area residents a chance to take them for free, outside on a beautiful day.

Fitness in the Park is underway in Gainesville, with a different fitness class offered in a different park 10-11 a.m. Saturdays this spring.

“We’re having them in all different areas all over town,” said Julie Butler Colombini, communications manager for Gainesville Parks and Recreation. “To make it convenient for folks in different neighborhoods, if they drive by they can join.”

Fitness in the Park began last weekend with “moves and meditation” at Midtown Greenway. This Saturday, “boot camp” will be at Cabbell Field at Frances Meadows Center, 1545 Community Way, Gainesville.

“It’s going to be a body-changing workout,” said Zandria Stephens with parks and rec. “It’s for people who want to make rapid changes to their body shape. It combines cardio and strength training.”

The following week, people of all ages can take part in a very different workout. Family yoga will be held March 26 at Wessell Park, 493 Holly Drive, Gainesville.

“This is going to be a blend of iyengar and vinyasa yogas,” Stephens said. “It’s moving from one posture to another. And because this is close to a holiday weekend, we wanted to extend this specifically for families. So anyone 10 and older can participate on March 26.”

In April, classes will include “step,” with steps provided at Longwood Park. Zumba will be April 23 at DeSota Park, and pilates will be April 30 at Rock Creek Park. Mats for pilates will be limited, so those who can should consider bringing their own.

“We’re really excited about Fitness in the Park,” Butler Colombini said. “We think it’s a great way to get people out and active. There are folks who can’t afford to go to the gym to take classes, and this is just a nice thing to do on a beautiful day.”

For more information, visit or call 770-531-2680.

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