Fitness in the Parks - Frequently Asked Questions

Independent Health and the YMCA are taking several safety precautions to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all. The following protocols will be in place at all outdoor locations:

  • Class size is limited to 30 participants on a first come, first served basis.
  • Face masks or coverings MUST be worn by all participants and YMCA instructors to and from the class.
  • A minimum distance of 6 feet must be maintained by all participants and YMCA instructors. No hands-on adjustments or physical contact will be implemented, and space markers will be utilized to maintain 10 feet of separation during each class.
  • If you feel unwell, stay home and follow the advice of your healthcare provider.
  • Bring your own equipment. Mats, water bottles, etc. will not be provided and should not be shared amongst participants.
  • Sign-in will be required at each outdoor location for contact-tracing purposes.

These protocols follow the New York State Sports and Recreation Guidelines set forth as part of the “Reopening New York” for regions that have reached or surpassed Phase 3 of the state’s reopening. Signage reiterating these protocols will be displayed at all outdoor locations.

Anyone can participate in the outdoor or virtual Fitness in the Parks class offerings! It is recommended that you check with your physician before embarking on any type of fitness program. Also, some classes are more age-appropriate than others. Please view the class descriptions for any age restrictions.

Virtual classes will be streamed live from either the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Facebook page or the Jamestown Area YMCA’s Facebook page. Please view the schedule page to “connect live” to each class at the scheduled time. All classes will remain on the YMCA’s Facebook pages in case you miss a class or want to view a class again for a bonus workout.

No sign-up or registration is required! Just show up online or at the outdoor locations at the scheduled time.

Class offerings change each year. View the class descriptions page to see which classes are offered this summer.

All classes are taught by certified YMCA instructors.

At Independent Health, we believe a healthy community is something that everyone can benefit from. That’s why all Fitness in the Parks classes, both outdoor and virtual, are FREE.


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