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Residents can get fit at Caseyville Village Park

Caseyville Public Works employees Randy Smith (left) and Paul Rukavina install and secure some of the new exercise equipment at Caseyville Village Park.
Caseyville Public Works employees Randy Smith (left) and Paul Rukavina install and secure some of the new exercise equipment at Caseyville Village Park. News-Democrat

Instead of having to go to the gym to exercise, Caseyville residents can go to the village park and use the brand new forest green and tan outdoor exercise equipment that was recently installed.

The city applied for and got a $30,000 grant to pay for the outdoor fitness equipment, Public Works Superintendent Brian Rader said.

The bubble wrap that was covering the equipment has been removed, and city officials poured the concrete pad around the equipment Monday.

“It’s ready to go,” Rader said of the equipment. “And I am excited, because I know the equipment will be put to good use. Now, no Caseyville resident has to go to the gym and workout indoors. They can enjoy the weather outside and get their workout in and enjoy the view of the lake, too.”

The exercise equipment includes: chin-up bars, a sit-up bench, lateral pulls, a bench press, an elliptical machine and a leg press, among others.

“The equipment is a little different than what you ordinarily think of,” Rader said. “Working out on this equipment makes you feel like you have made a trip to the gym, but it is built solely for the outdoors. It is weatherproof. It uses a person’s body weight like a weight.”

Rader said he saw some outdoor exercise equipment in Fairview Heights and thought to himself: “hey, that would be a nice addition to the Caseyville Park. We modeled ours off of that,” he said.

The goal, Rader said, is “to increase people’s health conditions in a positive way. We would like everyone to be as healthy and fit as they can. With the obesity rate today, exercise is real important for adults and kids both. Everybody needs to be moving. When you exercise, you feel better,” he said.

Rader tried out the equipment after it was installed last week. “It was a real nice workout,” he said.

Rader wants to see as many residents as possible walking on the trail in the park and then pausing to use the new exercise equipment.

“We’re trying to increase activity in the park, and we think this new outdoor exercising opportunity will do that,” he said.

To use the equipment, you must be at least 13 years old or older.

“That includes senior citizens. We want them to exercise, too. It’s good for them. We do have handicap accessibility for wheel chairs, and we have handicap equipment for people with disabilities,” Rader said.

Caseyville Park is located at 40 Reynolds St. It’s open from dawn to dusk.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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