Storm Lake Kiwanian Bill Lanphere has renewed an idea to create a fitness activities development along the LakeTrail recreation path on the lakefront.
The idea was first launched about 15 years ago by Lanphere, who was then director of the chamber of commerce, and Jim Nelson, who was then director of the local hospital. They ran across a proposal by Wells Fargo financial company to build outdoor fitness stations on a matching-funds basis. Although cost was then estimated at $40,000, Lanphere thought the community could built its own at a much lower cost than with the pre-manufactured stations.
Lanphere will meet with the city parks and recreation advisory board Monday to propose that the project be built in Storm Lake. He foresees perhaps up to eight to 12 stations along the path, which would allow people to stop and do one or two exercise activities at each stop. They could include a low balance beam, leg lifts, sit up crunches, push ups, chin ups and other activities, with room for more based on suggestions from the community.
Each stop could have a sign assessing points for completion of an exercise, and advising how many repetitions should be done according to age group.
All the stations would be built close to the ground, so that risk of injuries and liability concerns would be kept low, he said.
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