The focus of a fundraising event is a fitness station at Muskegon's Beachwood Park

The focus of a fundraising event is a fitness station at Muskegon's Beachwood Park ...

MUSKEGON, MI A fitness area at Beachwood Park in Muskegon is the focus of a campaign to increase grant matching funds.

According to a press release from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the fitness station is the first component of an effort to establish a "fitness and environmental trail" along the Lakeshore Trail.

The Patronicity fundraising campaign will cost $20,000 by May 15 to qualify for a matching grant through the MEDC Public Spaces Community Places program.

The Thrive 450 fitness station is a "10-person fitness platform that provides upper and lower body strength training," according to GameTime.

The park, which is just steps from Lake Michigan, is known for regular group fitness sessions during cooler months. Its pickleball courts are also often used.

According to campaign literature, the $40,000 fitness facility would be located near the park's courts and playground.

It would be the first of several fitness centers that will be located along a 1.6-mile beach loop of Muskegon's Lakeshore Trail.

Pull-up bars, sit-up benches, a medicine ball, ladders, step-up platforms, and fitness flooring would among the attractions of the park.

The Bluffton Beachwood Neighborhood Association, the City of Muskegon, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) are partners in this endeavor.

We are excited to provide a safe environment for Muskegon neighbors and visitors to gather outdoors and move, said local association chair Chris Willis in a prepared statement. The fitness trail project has long had neighborhood assistance, but outdoor recreational equipment is prohibitively expensive.

Donations can be made by clicking on the button. Cash or checks can be mailed in an envelope marked "BBNA Lakeshore Fitness Trail" to Muskegon, 933 Terrace Street, 49440.

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaboration effort between the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity.

MLive is also available.

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