Thanks to a partnership between the City of Huntsville, Arts Huntsville and the National Fitness Campaign, Huntsville’s about to become a lot more colorful. Keep reading to learn more about the fitness courts and functional art coming to four parks in 2022.
All about the new Huntsville fitness courts + art installations
In January, the City of Huntsville approved a resolution to enter into an agreement with Arts Huntsville. They’ll establish National Fitness Campaign (NFC) Fitness Court installations at four local parks:
- Apollo Park
- John Hunt Park
- Legacy Park at Johnson Legacy Center
- California Street Park
“It will be engaging for residents and visitors alike. When we have visitors at Apollo Park, people will be intrigued to see the other pieces at John Hunt Park, California Street Park and Legacy Park to experience the other installations across our community.”Allison Dillon-Jauken, Executive Director, Arts Huntsville
Plus, the art installations are a chance for local artists to shine, too. Two of the fitness courts will feature vinyl appliques of artwork from Jean-Michel Basquiat (Apollo Park) and Keith Haring (John Hunt Park). The other two structures are up for grabs—local artists can compete to display their art through the Huntsville Public Art Program.
You can learn more about the project and stay updated when applications open by checking out ArtsHuntsville.org.
Functional art + fitness
Not sure what NFC’s Fitness Court is? It’s an outdoor bodyweight circuit training center that provides a free full-body workout.
“By visiting a Fitness Court® at one of four parks here in Huntsville, you can integrate your workout – whether it be a walk or run – with the enjoyment of public art.”John Hamilton, City Adminstrator, City of Huntsville
When to expect the installations
Huntsville’s City Administrator expects the first Fitness Court to be ready at John Hunt Park by fall 2022. The courts at Legacy Park and Apollo Park should be ready by the end of 2022, and the installation at California Street Park will occur in 2023.
“The reason we do public art is because we know arts adds to our local culture, enhancing our quality of life. There will be people who come search out these art pieces and get an opportunity to enjoy a park they otherwise would have never visited.”John Hamilton, City Administrator, City of Huntsville
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