Eagle Scout proposes to install exercise stations at Rec Park


MANCHESTER >> Instead of going to a gym to workout, a local high school student and Eagle Scout wants to bring the workout to the public.

Nick Williams, a senior at Burr & Burton Academy, proposed a project to the Manchester Select Board and to the local Eagle Board about installing workout stations along the walking track at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Recreation Park. The stations would be placed at every quarter of a mile mark and funded by a local sponsor.

"This would be a huge staple because I'm promoting health and wellness and fitness in the town," Williams said. "It would be really convenient for the average, everyday person to go to the park and to a couple pull ups or sit ups and its wide open to the public for everyone to use."

Williams is a wrestler, plays baseball and rides mountain bikes, which gave him the idea to invest in a fitness related project. He realized there aren't a lot of gyms in Manchester and it occurred to him while training for wrestling season.

The select board approved his proposal on Monday and he's now waiting to hear back from the Eagle Scout Board. From there, he'll seek sponsors in the town to help fund and build each station. The station will consist of pull up bars at different heights, a station to do abdominal exercises, and more.

After Williams' project is approved, he'd like to send out a survey to the town and crowd source on Facebook for feedback as to what folks would like to see.

The stations will be secured with cement and made out of pressure treated wood and that should last 20 to 25 years, he said. The cost is to be determined by who decides to sponsor the project. Suggested exercise signs will also be installed for those who don't know how to use the stations.

"I want everyone to enjoy this and not have just one type of workout," he said.

Williams is originally from Los Angeles, Calif., and said he saw various apparatuses on Muscle Beach in Venice. He thought it would be useful in Manchester and at the rec park as a central location.

"The way I look at it is if you have workout stations around the track, instead of having to pay for a gym membership, you have it available to you [at all times]," he said. "You're not going to get people working out all the time, but it would be a lot more convenient. It would have a big impact for people who want to go to the park and the equipment is available for them to use."

For more information or to donate to Williams' project, email niwilliams18@burrburton.org.

Contact Makayla-Courtney McGeeney at 802-490-6471.


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