Outdoor workout equipment open for use at Dr. Kearney

After more than two years of fundraising and work, Dr. Kearney school now has a brand new outdoor workout park on its premises.

There are five new pieces of equipment installed, including a warmup station, a sit-up station and a chest press machine, thanks to the efforts of the Dr. Kearney PAC. 

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The committee received $5,000 from the Northern Health Imagine Community Grant in 2018. Coupled with the more than $20,000 the committee had saved up, the park was installed in October 2019, right before snow hit.

Students didn't have an opportunity to use the equipment before the winter, and the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in students not being around to use the equipment the last three months.

However, the equipment is now open to the public — anyone interested is welcome to drop by and try it out. The equipment will be used by students when school returns in the fall. 

"The grant was for extra curricular activity for the abundance of students in school, and to encourage exercise and outdoor activities," said PAC member Kim Burton.

The PAC hopes to add more equipment to the park in the coming years, as more grant money is received and more funds are raised. 

"I'm so excited now that it's finally installed, it looks great," said PAC member Sherri Mytopher. 

PAC President Kara Hempler pointed out that the equipment is green and yellow, the school's colours.

Head out to Dr. Kearney when you have a chance to tryout the equipment for yourself. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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