Fitness equipment coming to Cahoon Park walking trail

One of the three fitness stations soon to be installed along the Cahoon Park walking trail will feature equipment for chin-ups, push-ups and bench curls. As seen in this artist's rendering, orientation of the equipment was designed to minimize obstruction of the lake view.

The Cahoon Park walking trail on the north side of Lake Road serves as a memorial to past and present Bay Village residents. Here along the shores of Lake Erie lies a beautiful place for an outing, a place to remember our loved ones memorialized on bronze plaques, a quiet place to walk or meditate and, soon, to improve fitness of body and mind.

Last year, Bay Village residents Barry Tyo and Clete Miller proposed the idea of adding three outdoor fitness equipment stations along the T. Richard Martin Walking Trail in Cahoon Park. The intended target audience is adults seeking to improve their fitness by engaging in activities like step-ups, seated dips and other strength-building exercises while enjoying our beautiful lakefront park.

View a computer rendering with station sites and equipment diagrams. 

The proposal was vetted by the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Recreation and Parks Improvement Committee, both of which offered residents the chance to review and improve the plans. The Cahoon Park Trustees and City Council approved the project last November, pending receipt of private funding. The City of Bay Village will install the equipment and The Bay Village Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to preserving the quality of life in Bay Village, is the project’s financial fiduciary. 

One anonymous donor and two sponsors – Highland Consulting Associates and O’Neill Healthcare – stepped forward to fund the project even before the project committee initiated its formal search for philanthropic support. Councilman Tom Henderson, who chairs the Recreation and Parks Improvement Committee said, "Their generous support demonstrates a clear commitment towards the health and wellness of Bay Village residents.”

The project champions recently launched a philanthropic development effort to secure a third and final sponsor. If you own or operate a business with employees or customers in Bay Village and would like to demonstrate your company’s commitment to the well-being of our community, please contact Eileen Vernon, president of the Bay Village Foundation, at 440-835-2243.

The project committee hopes to have the fitness equipment installed this summer.

Eileen Vernon

President of The Bay Village Foundation. Retired lawyer. Resident of Bay Village Foundation for over 32 years.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.21.2015