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  • Diana Matthews

Free Fitness Court opens in Whiteville

Columbus County was the first North Carolina location to open a “Fitness Court” with the launch of a newly constructed facility on Government Complex Road in Whiteville Wednesday July 31.

Left to right : Adam Linker, Project Officer-Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Clarence Williams, Vice Chair-Columbus County Recreation Advisory Board

Trent Burroughs, Chairman-Columbus County Commissioners

Julie M. Strickland, Director-Columbus County Parks and Recreation

Kim Smith, Director-Columbus County Public Health

Edwin Russ, Columbus County Commissioner (standing behind Mrs. Smith)

Leo Green-Green Engineering

James Prevatte- Columbus County Commissioner

Mike Stephens, County Manager (green shirt)

The Columbus County Parks and Recreation Department opened the outdoor gym to the public Wednesday, July 31 during a 9 a.m. kickoff.

After a brief ceremony and ribbon cutting, locally trained Fitness Court ambassadors demonstrated how to use the court’s features. The public also learned about a free mobile app allowing users to take classes and learn workout routines. The event also featured healthful snacks from local vendors and swag giveaways.

The bodyweight circuit training facility is suitable for adults (ages 14+) of all fitness abilities and is completely free of cost.

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