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Jun 03
Boston Parks Come Alive with the Launch of the Summer Fitness Series

Christopher Columbus Park in the North End was packed with visitors Monday evening, but not the typical crowd.  Instead of sipping coffee by the waterfront, over 200 Bostonians descended on the park in workout clothes ready to get moving.

Interim Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook and José Massó BPHC's Director of Active Living and Wellness welcomed guests to the park for the launch of the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series. Sponsored by BPHC and Boston Parks & Recreation with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the 3-month series will bring free classes to parks across the City, aiming to activate these spaces while increasing opportunities for physical activity across in Boston's neighborhoods.

The kick-off event featured two 30-minute classes: an interval-training boot camp​ offered by Beantown Bootcamp and high-energy Zumba class from the instructors at The Z Spot Boston. The classes provided an introduction to all that the series has to offer Bostonians this summer – from Salsa Dancing to Yoga, Tai Chi to Zumba Gold (a lower-impact Zumba class designed especially for active older adults).  Fitness classes will be offered throughout June, July, and August at the Frog Pond at Boston Common as well as in the following neighborhood parks:

  • Brighton Commons in Allston-Brighton
  • Christopher Columbus Park in the North End
  • Eden St./McCarthy Park in Charlestown
  • Fallon Field in Roslindale
  • Franklin Park in Dorchester
  • Hunt Almont Park in Mattapan
  • Hynes Playground in West Roxbury
  • Langone Park in the North End
  • Malcolm X Park in Roxbury
  • McLaughlin Playground in Jamaica Plain
  • Mission Hill Playground in Mission Hill
  • Moakley Park in South Boston
  • O'Day Playground in East Boston
  • Ross Playground in Hyde Park
  • Symphony Park in The Fenway
  • Town Field in Dorchester

For a full schedule of Boston Park Summer Fitness Series classes go to For updates, follow @HealthyBoston and #BostonMoves on Twitter.


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