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New exercise equipment at Skaha Lake beach

City officials warm up new outdoor gym equipment with beautiful view
Coun. Katie Robinson was among the first to try the equipment at the Skaha Lake Fitness Park

Residents and tourists alike just got one more option for staying fit in Penticton, and in a gym that has a spectacular view.

“Who wouldn’t want to be out here exercising with one of the best backdrops I have ever seen,” said Okanagan Coquihalla MP Dan Albas.

The Skaha Lake Fitness Park officially opened for public use Monday, with a variety of equipment chosen with accessibility in mind.

“It’s designed for all fitness levels and all ages,” said recreation supervisor Lori Mullin. “The equipment is constructed to improve health and focuses on different exercises, including cardiovascular, muscle strength, balance and flexibility.

“As an enhancement to the project, we developed a map, which outlines three different walking or running routes that you can do while you are using the equipment.”

Funded in part by a $25,000 grant from the federal New Horizons for Seniors program, the equipment is suitable for a variety of workouts from light stretching to cardio to strength conditioning.

“It’s great to see all these changes taking place that give our residents more options,” said Coun. Judy Sentes.

“This new amenity will mean more activity along Skaha Lake.”

The new equipment includes a warm-up station, air strider, double leg press, combo press and pull, sit-up bench and accessible multi-gym.

“The new Skaha Lake Fitness Park is a fantastic addition to our southern waterfront,” said Mayor Garry Litke.

“Penticton is an extremely active community, and this gives our residents and visitors yet another option to improve their health all while enjoying stunning lake views.”