Outdoor fitness center opens to the public

Wilton recently opened a new outdoor fitness center on the campus of Wilton High School, adjacent to the stadium complex off School Road.

The center officially opened on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m., with a ribbon cutting by First Selectman Bill Brennan.

Construction was made possible with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Center to Combat Childhood Obesity and the Wilton Alliance for a Healthy Community and the Wilton Family Y. The grant stipulates that all money must go toward "the good of the community."

Equipment is open to community members who are 15 years of age or older, and may be used year-round, providing people with both cardiovascular and muscle-strengthening workouts.

"We are very excited to open the fitness center to provide another opportunity for Wilton residents to improve their health and wellness," said Mr. Brennan.

Fitness center equipment was purchased and manufactured by Greenfields Outdoor Fitness in California. Greenfields is a leading provider of outdoor fitness equipment to public parks, schools, and the U.S. military.

The fitness center contains four machines: an elliptical cross trainer, a rowing machine, an air walker machine, and a cross-country ski machine.

"We know that parents' behavior is a very strong role model for children, and a goal of the equipment center is to encourage teens and adults to maintain good cardiovascular health through physical activity," said Wilton Y Executive Director Bob McDowell.

Information: wiltonct.org and 203-834-6234.