Exercise for Free in 2016

DC Department of Parks and Recreation Fitness Center Memberships are Free for Residents

Residents can exercise for free in 2016 at any of the 22 fitness centers run by DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Wednesday that she waived the fee starting Jan. 1 as a part of the FitDC program encouraging people to get fit in the new year. Non-DC residents will pay a fee.

Gwendolyn Crump, director of communications for DPR, said the free access allows anyone to pursue New Year’s fitness resolutions without added costs. The gyms include equipment like elliptical machines, stationary bicycles, treadmills, free weights, and universal weight machines.

“It’s so important that as individuals, as a community and as a city – that we take time to focus on our health and wellness: to live longer and healthier lives,” Crump said.

Fitness centers in Ward 6 all include cardio equipment, free weights and strength training machines. To learn more about the sites, visit www.dpr.dc.gov.

  • Kennedy Recreation Center on the 1400 block of Seventh Street, SW.
  • King Greenleaf Recreation Center on the 200 block of N Street, SW.
  • Rosedale Community Center on the 1700 block of Gales Street, NE.
  • Sherwood Recreation Center on the 600 block of Tenth Street, NE.

People can also join Mayor Bowser on Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. for the Fresh Start 5K run starting at the Stadium Armory Metro Station on the 100 block of 19th Street, SE. DPR, the Department of Health and Girls on the Run will also join the 5K. Registration is still open and the information is here


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