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'RiverFit': A Pop-Up Fitness Park in Memphis

Hoping to combat the city's dismal rankings in obesity, public and private partners launched the RiverFit pop-up fitness park along the Mississippi River in September.
October 8, 2014, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Earlier this month, Memphis opened 'RiverFit', a pop-up fitness area and trail along the Mississippi River bank," reports Abby Martin. "The project’s public and private-sector partners hope the temporary installation will catalyze health-focused park efforts in Memphis, a city routinely counted among the most obese in the country."

Some of the details of RiverFit:

  • "Sponsored by the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, RiverFit was developed in partnership with the non-profit Riverfront Development Corporation and the City of Memphis."
  • "The Grizzlies Riverfront Fitness Trail + Pop-Up Park, as the project is officially known, stretches one mile along the western edge of Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis. The revamped green space features six workout stations, two regulation-size sand volleyball courts, and a 6-on-6 soccer field."

RiverFit will remain in place until November, but "backers hope this project will start a conversation about more permanent fitness equipment options for other parks across Memphis."

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Published on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in The Trust for Public Land - City Parks Blog
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