City Advances Fitness Field | News

The city council took the next step by securing a $30,000 grant for the construction of a fitness court at its regular meeting on Monday.

Community Development Director Andrew Knife Chief spoke to council about the grant that will be awarded by the National Fitness Campaign’s Healthy City Campaign. The board voted to approve acceptance of a letter of support for the grant and commitment to the calendar of events.

The cost of the fitness court would total $155,000. If the city receives the grant, the remaining balance of $125,000 would be paid with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

“We have several projects where we use ARPA funds because we are very limited on how we can use those funds,” Knife Chief said. “We’re looking at the sewage treatment plant, we’re looking at the design builds.”

The fitness court would be a 38ft by 38ft space featuring a variety of equipment and would be placed somewhere along Claremore’s trail system. Knife Chief said parks and recreation manager Joe Kays was scouting locations for the fitness court and looking at the lake park near the wading pool.

“He notices a lot of boot camps, a lot of CrossFit people go there and have classes on weekends or weekday mornings,” Knife Chief said. “So it would be a nice place. It’s right next to a parking lot. »

Kays is still working on the fitness court location selection and nothing is official, Knife Chief said.

Knife Chief told council that this step does not fully commit the city to the project and the grant.

“The only time we’re actually tied to anything is when we submit and approve funds to be spent on materials needed to build the project,” he said.

A local artist would be chosen to wrap the fitness ground if it were to be built. The National Fitness Campaign will help with the selection of the performer, he said. Once an artist and location for the land have been selected, Knife Chief said he would bring it to the board before fully committing to the project. He said he hopes to bring him back to the board by the end of May.

If fully approved, Knife Chief said he hopes the rig will be installed in August and the project completed by October. The project is weather dependent and Knife Chief said the location of the fitness field will determine how much dirt to move, which will also impact the project schedule.

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