Mentor gives residents more options to improve their fitness while enjoying the outdoors.

Residents now have access to new outdoor exercise stations that have been placed near the pickleball courts at Mentor Civic Center Park, 8500 Munson Road. The machines, which use the user’s body weight, provide full circuit training with space for up to 20 people at any one time, according to an article posted on the city’s website.

The device was installed to improve wellness opportunities – specifically designed for the elderly population. According to the city, the location was chosen because of its ease of access for those using the multi-use path, pool, playground and pickleball courts.

Parks and Recreation Director Kenn Kaminski said the feedback was excellent.

“The equipment is in constant use and has been really appreciated,” he said. “A lot of people who use the trail and play pickleball use the equipment on a daily basis. We are delighted with the positive feedback. »

According to financial data provided by the city, the stations were installed at a cost of $48,845.10 while the Nature Works grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources covered $28,781.00. In addition, the city matched with a contribution of $20,064.10.

The equipment should have a useful life of 20 years.

While there are no immediate plans to add similar features to other locations, the city will monitor usage and keep it in consideration for the future, according to the city.