When I announced this series I received invitations to visit parks around our great state and one of them was from Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Director John Brown. After a few email exchanges, I had my park visit scheduled. While I will only be sharing about one park in the blog, I visited all of their parks and even the sites of several future parks. The advantage to visiting parks with a staff member is getting to ask questions and learn about the history that may not be on a website.
Our first stop in my Apex park tour was Community Park located at 2200 Laura Duncan Road. This 160-acre park opened in 1988 and has a multitude of amenities. Baseball and softball fields, sand volleyball courts, playgrounds, walking and fitness trails, batting cages, tennis courts, fishing dock, basketball courts with one fenced for roller hockey, picnic shelters, and a 50+ acre lake. What really caught my eye was a new amenity that wasn’t open to the public yet. The newly installed Elevate Fitness Course which is a Burke product and represented in NC by Barrs Recreation. From what I saw and learned, this is American Ninga Warrior meets playground.
This new amenity is designed for those aged 13-19, a group that can sometimes be hard to engage. What really piqued my interest is the educational component that comes with this program. It is an 8-week program where participants meet twice each week. The training course was developed by an exercise science expert and a variety of trainers to create appropriate materials for the variety of levels this course will service. The program will focus on improving strength, agility, balance/stability, and speed. The first group is currently in the third week of the program and includes a varied group from athletes to couch potatoes. This fitness course will provide opportunities for people of different levels to play/workout in the same space while mastering challenges and advancing to the next level. While the initial program was created with teens in mind, Apex Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources will be using Elevate to create wellness programs for all ages and abilities.
I went back to Apex Community Park on July 8th for their grand opening of this amenity. It was great to see the community excited about this addition to the park. While there were teens there, there were also younger residents and parents experiencing the course for the first time
For more information on Apex Community Park visit https://www.apexnc.org/795/Apex-Community-Park