City of Phoenix Can Help with New Year's Fitness Resolutions

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Dec. 29, 2016 Valley residents looking to get or stay fit in 2017 can benefit from a variety of fun, convenient and free or affordable options provided by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and FitPHX citywide healthy-living initiative. Take a walk through a neighborhood park – and many residents can walk or bike there and leave the car at home. Walking is the No. 1 activity people use city parks for nationwide, and many of Phoenix’s more than 180 parks feature walking paths. FitPHX has placed WalkPHX signs and mileage markers at more than 20 parks. View a map of WalkPHX parks. Head to one of the city’s 32 community and recreation centers. An annual recreation pass can be purchased for youth age three to 17 for $5 ($10 for non-residents) and adults age 18 or older for $20 ($40 for non-residents). View a list of the city’s community and recreation centers. Information about sports leagues and other programs and activities is viewable on the Parks and Recreation Department’s registration website. A number of the city’s community and recreation centers feature fitness rooms, and annual and six-month passes are available. These passes range in price from $20 to $50. More information is viewable on the Parks and Recreation Department’s registration website by clicking on the “Memberships” tab. Go on a hike along Phoenix’s 200-plus miles of trails. The city’s unique desert parks and mountain preserves trail system offers something for all interests and ability levels. It’s important to bring plenty of water and a cell phone, and to dress appropriately for the weather. View trail locations and “Take a Hike. Do it Right.” safety tips. Explore downtown Phoenix on foot at the FitPHX Meet Me Downtown walk/run, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. The free, social, non-competitive weekly event takes place from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. every Monday night, and steps off from Copper Blues restaurant at CityScape Phoenix. The 3.2-mile route winds through three downtown parks and past numerous businesses, restaurants and landmarks. Hop on a bike and cruise down the city’s dedicated bike lanes, paths and routes along the canals. View the city’s “Bicycle Program” website for more information. Bikes also can be rented through Phoenix’s Grid Bike Share Program. About FitPHX FitPHX is a citywide healthy-living initiative started by Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman, with the goal of improving health and wellness throughout the region. Media Contact: Gregg Bach, 602-262-4994 General Contact: Parks and Recreation Department Phone Number: 602-262-6862]]]]> ]]>