Fitness Park work done; ready for city takeover

The Fitness Park at DeFrees has been outfitted with a Poured in Place rubber safety surface installed by Sports Surface Specialties over the Memorial Day weekend, and the park will be signed over to the city in the near future.

Mary Hagan-Double, a member of the Community Mobilization Initiative, said the group will sign the park over to the city sometime next week.

Once the City Council agrees to take possession of the park, it will be opened to the public. If they agree during Monday’s meeting, it could open next week.

The group will also gift a $5,000 maintenance fund to cover costs of maintaining the equipment and pathways after the applicable warranties expire.

An additional liability policy from the manufacturer of the equipment will also be signed over to the city. This was included in the cost of the equipment.

Overall, the Community Mobilization Initiative has raised almost $73,000 since October 2013 from local non-profit foundations, businesses and individuals. The money has gone to the purchase of the equipment from Norwell-USA, the installation of the asphalt pathways by Huber Blacktop Company and finally to the installation of the safety surface.

Each piece of equipment has a sticker on it that shows how the equipment should be used. Users that have an android smartphone can download the Norwell Fitness Park app which shows additional uses of the equipment.

The fitness park also has a page on facebook where you can ask questions, share pictures or stories, and get updates about anything new happening. Visit