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Skaha: Fitness with a view

City officials and and a handful of residents were the first to try out new outdoor equipment on the south end of Penticton on Monday.

The day marked the opening of the Skaha Lake Fitness Park, located beside the sport courts, with the lake in the background.

"We have been talking about waterfront enhancements for a few years now and having made it a council strategic priority, it's great to see all these changes taking place that give our residents more options," said Councillor Judy Sentes, reading a statement from Mayor Garry Litke.

"This new amenity will mean more activity along Skaha Lake. I'm pumped about getting pumped up right alongside the water. This is working out with a view."

Funded in part by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, the new outdoor gym is accessible and designed for people of all fitness levels.

The eco friendly equipment, provided by Great Outdoor Gym, includes a warm up station, air strider, double leg press, combo press and pull, sit up bench and accessible multi gym.

Following a ribbon cutting, those in attendance, including several councillors, MP Dan Albas, city staff and members of the Canadian Jewels, were invited to try out the equipment.

Penticton resident Judy Wilson emailed city hall last winter about putting in a green gym at Skaha Lake Park.

So, she was thrilled, Monday, to see the new fitness park in place and open to the public.

"I need to get out and exercise, and this is in the great outdoors and free," she said.

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