GENESEO – Three new fitness stations have been keeping a lot of Village residents out and active, courtesy of the United Way of Livingston County, several sponsors, and many driven community members.
At a formal ribbon cutting Friday afternoon, Karen Rumfola, director of the local United Way, thanked the Livingston County Health Department, Wegmans, Genesee Valley Motors, the Village of Geneseo, and the Genesee Valley Health Partnership for their enthusiasm and sponsorship of the fitness stations, which are free and accessible to all levels of ability and fitness.
“While improving the park, one of the things on our list was exercise stations, but we didn’t have the funds,” said Geneseo Mayor Richard Hatheway. “Then the Health Department came in, United Way came in, it really pulled together and is just a wonderful addition. We want to do more, more exercise, more barbecue pits, more benches, and so forth.”
The partners and sponsors of the project said that this is just one step in their common plan to keep Livingston County active and healthy. The Village of Geneseo and Wegmans received certificates from the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce for their involvement in the project.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this project, it fits perfectly with our plan to fight chronic disease,” said Lisa Beardsley, senior Public Health Educator, Livingston County Health Department. “Constant exercise is one of the key components of a healthy lifestyle.”
Josh Williams, publisher of the GeneseeSun.com, said that he regularly brings his entire family to the park and sees local people using the fitness stations.
“This is community art its finest,” said Williams. “These fitness stations add another dimension to an already wonderful park.”