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Tue, Aug 13th 2019 01:25 pm

Commemorates affiliation’s 60th anniversary

AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel just lately opened an AARP-sponsored out of doors fitness park in Buffalo’s Horace “Billy” Johnson Park – the fifth such park to open within the U.S., and the one one deliberate in New York.

Over the subsequent a number of years, AARP plans to sponsor a fitness park in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to commemorate the affiliation’s 60th anniversary.

AARP is working with FitLot, a 501(c)(3) group devoted to serving to communities discover the sources they should plan, construct and program out of doors fitness parks, to assemble over a dozen parks in 2019. Every park will embody FitLot train gear that may be tailored to fulfill a variety of fitness ranges and talents.

“We couldn’t be extra thrilled to open this out of doors fitness park, proper right here in Buffalo,” Finkel mentioned earlier than becoming a member of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and different officers to chop the ribbon. “This can be a area to play and keep wholesome, free to the general public, together with our members. It’s my honest hope that this park will get good use and convey collectively Buffalo in a brand new, wholesome approach for years to come back.

“These out of doors fitness parks signify AARP’s dedication to supporting well being and wellness and livable communities all throughout our nation.”

Erie County’s inhabitants is ageing; the variety of residents 65 and over jumped by 19% from 2007-17, whereas the county’s under-65 inhabitants declined by 2%, based on a 2019 AARP-commissioned examine by the Middle for an City Future.

Along with Finkel and Brown, the AARP opening ceremony included Andy Rabb, Buffalo’s deputy fee for Parks and Recreation; Adam Mejerson, founder and govt director of FitLot; Ann Monroe, Western New York consultant on AARP New York’s volunteer Govt Council; and about members of AARP and the neighborhood.

“I thank AARP for choosing Buffalo for the primary AARP-sponsored out of doors fitness park in New York state,” Brown mentioned. “I’m proud to guide an administration that prioritizes the well being and wellness of our cherished senior residents. As an age-friendly metropolis, the Metropolis of Buffalo values profitable relationships with stellar organizations like AARP to make sure we’re constructing a ‘Metropolis of Alternative’ for all residents, together with members of our older inhabitants.”