New "Challenge Course" Set to Open at Washington Park

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​March 6, 2017 Community members, local elementary and high school students, and officials from Fiesta Bowl Charities and city of Phoenix will celebrate the opening of a new “Challenge Course” at Washington Park, 2240 W. Citrus Way, on Tuesday, March 7 at 3:30 p.m. The Parkour-style course, which features a variety of obstacles like those seen in the popular American Ninja Warrior competition, was made possible through a $100,000 grant from Fiesta Bowl Charities. A ribbon cutting will be followed by a competition on the course between community leaders and students from nearby Washington High School and Maryland Elementary School. “This is an exciting addition to the park and I look forward to trying it out,” said Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, who represents District 5 in which Washington Park is located. “It provides a great option for families and residents to get outside and have fun while staying fit. Unique amenities like this one are important to our FitPHX initiative, which strives to make the Phoenix area one of the healthiest regions nationally.” The course, which is designed for adults and children age 13 and older, combines climbing, balance and strength obstacles within a safe and accessible park setting. It is the first of its kind to be installed in one of the Valley’s city parks. Course users can time their workout with a GameTime app. The new course adds to existing amenities in the 54-acre park that include a playground, pool, dog park, lighted basketball court, sand volleyball court and sports fields, and a ramada picnic area. The park also is home to the Washington Activity Center and Phoenix Tennis Center. “The addition of the Challenge Course at Washington Park provides youth and families a new and exciting way to engage in physical activity,” said Mike Nealy, Executive Director of Fiesta Bowl. “Fiesta Bowl Charities is committed to enhancing Arizona and this Challenge Course does just that while encouraging an active lifestyle.” Washington Park is located between 23rd and 21st Avenues to the west and east, and Glendale Avenue and Bethany Home Road to the north and south. Community members and media wishing to attend the opening of the “Challenge Course” are asked to park near Washington Activity Center on the south end of the park. City staff will be on site to direct attendees and assist media. Media Contact: Gregg Bach, 602-262-4994 General Contact: Parks and Recreation Department Phone Number: 602-262-6862

017 Event Schedule Friday, March 3, 2017 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Desert Meadows Elementary School, 6855 Meadows Loop Pkwy. Saturday, March 4, 2017 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. YMCA, 5517 N. 17th Ave. Saturday, March 4, 2017 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Encanto Park Enchanted Island, 2605 N. 15th Ave. Saturday, March 4, 2017 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Madison # 1 School, 5525 N. 16th St. Saturday, March 11, 2017 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Food City Shopping Center, 3222 E. Greenway Rd. Saturday, March 25, 2017 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. North Mountain Brewery, 522 E. Dunlap Ave. Sunday, April 2, 2017 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Papago Park, 5810 E. Van Buren St. Saturday, April 8, 2017 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tumbleweed Elementary School, 4001 W. Laurel Ln. Saturday, April 8, 2017 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kennedy Elementary School, 2702 E. Osborn Rd. Saturday, April 15, 2017 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oxford Square, 10880 N. 32nd St. Saturday, April 22, 2017 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuscano Elementary School, 3850 S. 79th Ave. Saturday, April 22, 2017 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St. Saturday, April 22, 2017 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nevitt Elementary School, 4525 E. Saint Anne Ave. Friday, April 28, 2017 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St. Saturday, April 29, 2017 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. John Jacobs Elementary School, 14421 N. 23rd Ave. Sunday, April 30, 2017 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Food City Shopping Center, 845 W. Southern Ave. Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marivue Park, 5625 W. Osborn Rd. Event Contact For more information about these events, please contact Don Cross at 602-534-2020 or]]]]> ]]>