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Fitness in the Parks

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Fitness in the Parks 2023


Independent Health and the YMCA are celebrating 12 years of Fitness in the Parks!
Join us June 1 through August 31 for more than 500 FREE outdoor fitness classes at parks across Western New York, led by certified YMCA instructors. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join. Parking is always free and registration is never required; just show up at the scheduled time. Now, you never have to trade good weather for a workout again!
 

Here’s what to expect for 2023:

41

Outdoor classes

Offered each week all summer long at a park near you.

26

Park locations

Including longtime favorites like Delaware Park, Outer Harbor, and Chestnut Ridge Park.

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Class Styles

Featuring Yoga, Fusion, Kickboxing Boot Camp, Pilates, Zumba® and more!

Schedule

(No classes will be held July 4.)

Bassett Park
Classes take place by the bandstand
Kickboxing Boot Camp: Tue, 6 p.m.
Yoga: Fri, 6 p.m. (no class 7/7)

University at Buffalo South Lake Village Apartments
Class takes place near the Community Center patio
Yoga: Tue, 12:30 p.m. (class ends 8/15)

Garrison Park
Classes take place near corner of Garrison and Park Drive
Yoga: Wed, 5:30 p.m.
Zumba®: Wed, 6:30 p.m.

Bidwell Park
Class takes place near Elmwood, across from farmer’s market
PiYo: Sat, 10:15 a.m.

Buffalo RiverWorks
Class takes place on the Independent Health Sport Court
Fusion: Mon, 5:30 p.m. 

NEW! Cazenovia Park
Class is located in front of the Crotty Casino building
Fusion: Wed, 5:30 p.m. 

Delaware Park
Class takes place near the rose garden
Yoga: Sun, 10 a.m. 

Larkin Square
Classes take place near the pickleball courts
Cardio Kickboxing: Mon, 6 p.m.
Zumba®: Sat, 10 a.m. 

Outer Harbor (Wilkeson Pointe)
Yoga classes take place along the water, past the wind sculptures
Yoga: Tue & Thu, 6 p.m.

Walking Club meets at the pavilion near the kayak rental shed
NEW! Walking Club: Fri, 1:30 p.m.

Roosevelt Park
Class takes place in between the shelter and tennis courts
Yoga: Fri, 5 p.m. 

Cheektowaga Town Park
Classes located between shelters 12 & 13 (park behind library)
Core & More: Tue & Thu, 10 a.m.

Losson Park
Classes take place in the small parking lot before the playground
Zumba®: Tue & Thu, 9:30 a.m.

Clarence Town Park (Main Street Park)
Class takes place next to the bandshell
Cardio Interval: Fri, 10 a.m. 

Check the Jamestown YMCA Facebook page for updates.

Hartley Park
Classes take place near the gazebo and tennis courts
Pilates: Mon, 11 a.m.
Centergy: Thu, 11 a.m. 

Lucille Ball Memorial Park
(Celoron Park)
Class takes place near the bandshell
Strength & Movement: Wed, 11 a.m. 

Westwood Park
Classes located off Pavement Road, immediately on the right
Yoga: Mon, 6:30 p.m.
Cardio Interval: Wed, 6:30 p.m. 

Academy Park
Class takes place next to the bandshell (across from Syro’s restaurant)
Yoga: Sun, 10 a.m.

Day Road Park
Classes located near the gazebo
Yoga: Mon, 9 a.m.
NEW! Beginners Qigong: Tue, 6:30 p.m.
Yoga: Thu, 6:30 p.m.
Pilates: Fri, 9 a.m.
NEW! Kids Yoga + Storytime: Fri, 10 a.m.

Goehle Marina
Classes located near Cold Springs Road North and Lake Avenue South
Boot Camp: Thu, 9 a.m.
Barre: Sun, 10 a.m.

Outwater Park – NEW!
Class will be held at the overlook
Barre/ Yoga: Mon, 7:30 p.m.

Pendleton Park
Class takes place behind the log cabin
Yoga: Fri, 10 a.m. 

Krull Park
Classes located on the lake side of the park, near the restrooms
Zumba®: Wed, 6:30 p.m.
Yoga: Wed, 7:30 p.m. 

ADPRO Sports Training Center
Enter drive off Abbott Road and proceed through security gate
Boot Camp: Wed, 6 p.m.
No class June 28
Class ends July 26

Chestnut Ridge Park
Class takes place at the top of the hill, near the toboggan chute
Yoga: Tue, 6:15 p.m. 

NEW! Cazenovia Park
Class is located in front of the Crotty Casino building
Fusion: Wed, 5:30 p.m. 

Ellicott Creek
Class takes place by the outdoor fitness center
Yoga: Thu, 6 p.m. 

Isle View Park
Class takes place near the playground, by the gazebo and restrooms
Zumba®: Mon, 5:30 p.m. 

Class Types

Western New Yorkers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate in our FREE outdoor fitness classes, led by YMCA certified instructors. It is recommended that you check with your physician before embarking on any type of fitness program.

Barre

Fusing some of the elements of ballet, Pilates, and yoga. Freestyle Barre is guaranteed to tone in a low impact, high-intensity setting. Focus is centered on postural strength and alignment along with upper and lower body strength.

Beginners Qigong

This class focuses on an ancient Chinese system of postures, exercises, breathing techniques and meditations. Qigong is a gentle form of exercise that can help improve overall health and well-being.

Boot Camp

Join us for this challenging yet enjoyable workout that focuses on speed, endurance, agility, strength, power moves and cardiovascular training.

Cardio Interval

This class offers a combination of strength training and aerobic workouts, with bursts of high intensity movement.

Cardio Kickboxing

These classes are combinations of strength training and aerobic workouts. You will get a great strength workout as well as an intense cardio workout in the same class!

Centergy (Yoga/Pilates)

Feel yourself growing longer and stronger with this invigorating workout for the mind and body. Fundamentals from yoga and Pilates are incorporated along with athletic training for balance, mobility, flexibility, and strengthening the core.

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Core & More

This progressive exercise program combines relaxation, flexibility and strengthening exercises to build strength and stamina in core areas, keeping you strong for life.

Fusion

Get an entire-body workout in one class with 15 minutes of high/low aerobics, 15 minutes of body conditioning, and 15 minutes of abdominal work.

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Kickboxing Boot Camp

Increase your cardiovascular fitness, strength, and stamina with a 60-minute blend of heart-pumping kickboxing choreography and body-weight strength exercises.

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Kids Yoga + Storytime

This fun class will teach kids the benefits of yoga through games, storytelling, and physical activities. Best for ages 3-7 years old.

Pilates

Strengthen the body’s core muscles, including the abdominals and lower back, with this method of body conditioning. You’ll tone your body and increase flexibility. Please bring your own mat!

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PiYo

This class combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefit of Pilates with the strength and flexibility of yoga.

Strength & Movement

Get a little bit of everything in this “15/30/15” class – a 15-minute warm-up followed by 30 minutes of bodyweight strength and movement (targeting areas like glutes, abs, and core, which can be great for lower back health) and a 15-minute cool-down.

Walking Club

Walk as a group, while you walk at your pace. Enjoy a short 5-minute warm-up, 30-40 minutes of light to brisk walking on your own or with a partner, and join in for bodyweight strength training and stretching for the last 10-15 minutes. 

Yoga

Enjoy gentle, effective postures that promote stretching, strengthening and relaxation. Benefits include increased blood circulation, improved mental awareness, strengthened muscles and reduced stress! Please bring your own mat!

Zumba®

Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Forget the workout – just lose yourself in the music and feel yourself getting physically fit with the original dance-fitness party! Zumba® classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats.

Frequently Asked Questions

Independent Health and the YMCA recommend the following safety precautions to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all:

  • Masks are recommended for those who are not vaccinated or at high risk for severe illness.
  • Social distancing is encouraged (a minimum of six feet).
  • Please DO NOT participate if feeling ill.

All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in Fitness in the Parks! It is recommended that you check with your physician before embarking on any type of fitness program. Also, some classes may be more age-appropriate than others. Please view the class descriptions for any age restrictions.

Classes will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Day-of cancellations will be listed on at least one (if not all) of the following places:

Buffalo-Niagara

Jamestown

No sign-up or registration is required! Just show up at the scheduled times.  

Class offerings change each year. The 2023 downloadable schedule is available here.

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 are FREE.