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Get Moving – City of Boston Launches Free Summer Fitness Series

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) are pleased to announce the 2024 Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The series offers free weekly classes virtually and in 17 Boston city parks from May 5 to August 31, 2024.

The 2024 Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series launches with a kickoff event at Boston Common on Thursday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m., featuring free ZUMBA® from Z-Spot and Yoga, plus fun giveaways .

The series offers a wide range of classes including yoga, gentle yoga, chair yoga, HIIT, ZUMBA®, Family ZUMBA®, Kick It By Eliza®, Afrobeats dance, marching band, strength training and conditioning and salsa dancing. The program is tailored to the interests of residents and participants, including age-friendly classes for families, seniors, and those new to fitness classes. For more information and a link to the full program, visit boston.gov/fitness.

“Cultivating vibrant communities through accessible and engaging programs is at the heart of our mission at the Boston Parks and Recreation Department,” said Commissioner Ryan Woods. “By activating public parks with initiatives like the Summer Fitness Series, we not only provide opportunities for physical activity, but we also promote social connections and improve the overall well-being of Boston residents.”

“The Summer Fitness Series provides residents with a free opportunity to be active in our city parks while bringing our communities together to create social connections,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “Being active is one of the best ways to prevent many chronic diseases and improve mental health. The series is available in most neighborhoods and online and is a continuation of the work being done to improve the health and well-being of all residents.

Series partners echoed the emphasis on community engagement and holistic health. “The Boston Park Fitness Series showcases Boston’s vibrant neighborhoods and cultures, and what better way to experience them than through community fitness? said Jeff Bellows, vice president of corporate citizenship and public affairs at Blue Cross. “The program has something for everyone, including in-person and virtual classes for people of all skill levels. We are proud to partner with the City of Boston to support the physical and mental health of our community.

To stay informed about news, events and improvements at Boston parks, including weather-related outdoor fitness class cancellations, call (617) 635-4505, visit Boston.gov/Parks, join our mailing list at bit.ly/ Receive Parks emails and follow our social channels @bostonparksdept on X, Facebook and Instagram.