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City, AARP cut the ribbon on new outdoor fitness park


AARP and City of Las Cruces officials cut the ribbon Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 27, on a brand-new outdoor fitness park at Benavidez Community Center, 1045 McClure Road. The fitness park is sponsored by AARP in partnership with the city.

Those attending included Mayor Ken Miyagishima, City Councilors Johana Bencomo (the fitness park is in council District 4, which she represents) and Yvonne Flores, City Manager Ifo Pili, Assistant City Manager Ikani Taumoepeau, city Parks and Recreation Director Sonya Delgado, state AARP President Dave Lynch of Las Cruces, AARP Las Cruces Chapter Vice President Louise Tracey-Hosa and state AARP New Mexico Associate State Director for Community Outreach Gary Williams.

The outdoor fitness park consists of a sun-sail for shade and versatile FitLot exercise equipment designed to use one’s own body weight as resistance, which makes each piece of equipment adaptable to the user’s ability, the city said in a news release.

The city Parks and Recreation Department will offer AARP-sponsored outdoor fitness classes beginning in January 2022, the city said. Classes will be taught by fitness professionals at no cost at the fitness park. Class schedules and registration information will be announced soon.

Benavidez Community Center also includes a new basketball court, paid for with general obligation bonds approved by Las Cruces voters in 2018 as part of parks and sports field improvements and additions throughout the city.

For more information, call the city Parks and Recreation Department at 575-541-2550.