Many urban parks become de facto fitness spaces. Joggers dart around kids teetering on bikes. It’s not uncommon to see someone lunging across asphalt, breaking into squats or burpees, or enlisting a bench for standing push-ups. But some parks are specifically designed with fitness opportunities in mind.
Scattered throughout the Piety Hill neighborhood of Detroit—a corridor just off Woodward Avenue once lined with stately cathedrals—are small patches of land being turned into fitness spaces. With a new $110,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, the Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation is working to transform vacant plots into free outdoor gyms. They’re focusing on a 24-block residential area.