Outdoor fitness facility to open today Site will feature 16 exercise stations


If you're looking to shed a few pounds or improve your cardiovascular health, the Woman's Club of Westminster Inc. may be able to help you.

Today, the nonprofit group will unveil an outdoor fitness facility believed to be the first of its kind in Carroll County. The Physical Fitness Cluster, in front of the Senior Activity Center on Stoner Avenue in Westminster, is designed to meet the needs of all citizens and is accessible to the handicapped.

At first glance, the tan-and-green equipment and landscaped grounds appear to be a playground for children. It is actually a state-of-the-art fitness center, where visitors can stretch their calves and build up their biceps at 16 different exercise stations. Directions on how to use each station are printed on charts that are permanently on display.

"Each year, the Woman's Club tackles a community service project," said Sandy Ferguson, a club member who helped raise funds for the project. "So when we heard about the need for a physical fitness center that could meet the needs of the developmentally disabled and physically challenged, we didn't hesitate to help."

It took nearly two years to make the vision a reality, Ferguson said. The Woman's Club raised about $16,000 from private donors.

Carroll County General Hospital, a sponsor of the fitness center, will use the facility to provide exercise for physical therapy patients and individuals with cardiovascular disease.

"It ties in with the hospital's strong emphasis on prevention efforts and the importance of rehabilitation -- especially when we're talking about cardiac patients," said David Horn, vice president for business development, planning and marketing at Carroll County General.

The center is open to the public.

A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. today. The event will feature demonstrations on how to use the equipment.

Pub Date: 5/12/98

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