Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs offers city parks for outdoor exercise classes

City based fitness businesses may use space at the park for free through Sept. 7
Congress Park in November 2018
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Congress Park in November 2018

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs-based gyms, fitness trainers and yoga studios can use city parks for their activities for free, city Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco announced last week.

The policy, which will let those activities occur despite COVID-19 restrictions on indoor classes, lets them use Congress Park, High Rock Park, Geyser Road Veterans Memorial Park, and the Waterfront Park to host workout sessions.

“Closures due to COVID-19 have been very hard-hitting on health and wellness providers; these local business people are trying to earn a living and it’s in the public interest to support their efforts during these trying times,” Scirocco said.

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While using the city land requires signing a rental agreement with the city, Scirocco said the application process will be free. No permanent equipment can be installed, and masking and social distancing rules must be enforced.

The no-rent policy, which was approved by the City Council last Tuesday, will remain in effect through Sept. 7, Scirocco said.

“This is a great opportunity for both these business people and the public to take care of their health and wellness outside in one of the city’s beautiful park settings,” he said.

For more information or to request a rental agreement, interested parties should contact Mary in the Department of Public Works at 518-587-3550 ext. 2555 or [email protected]springs.org.

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