ParkTalk Podcast
ParkTalk Blog
  • 630-848-5000
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Participation Guidelines. More information regarding the District’s response can be found here

S9 Episode 02: Outdoor Fitness in Parks

Guests Kristina McGrath and Mike Piszynski discuss the outdoor fitness opportunities that Naperville Park District offers currently and will offer in the near future. Kristina explains how to use the fitness stations at 3 parks and previews a new outdoor fitness class coming this spring.  Mike talks about the fitness area, challenge course and multi-purpose hill planned for the new park opening in 2020.

This episode is part of Series 9: Outdoor Play and Fitness Destinations.  For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit

Quotes from the episode:

About the benefits of exercising outdoors:  “It’s free…it’s open to anybody to use. You’re connecting with nature, getting some fresh air and vitamin D…and you can bring your kids with you.” – Kristina

About amenities coming to our newest park in 2020:  “There’s going to be a challenge course adjacent to the fitness area. It’s basically an obstacle course with a number of unique challenges. It’s kind of like an adult playground, designed for ages 13 and up.” - Mike

In the videos below, Kristina McGrath demonstrates how to use the six fitness stations that were highlighted in the podcast. They are located at Nike Sports Complex and some of the same stations (HealthBeat) also are located at Meadow Glens Park. A set of similar stations (LifeTrail) is located along the loop trail at Commissioners Park. The fitness stations at Nike Sports Complex were provided by Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare in partnership with Naperville Park District.

These exercises also were illustrated in the September 2019 edition of Naperville Magazine in the Open Gym feature.

1. Squat Press

2. Chest Press and Seated Row

3. Assisted Row and Push-Up

4. Ab Crunch and Leg Lift

5. Pull-up and Dip

6. Stretching

Learn more and register for the Outdoor Grit class to be offered outside Fort Hill Activity Center in May, June, July and August 2019.

View updates on the progress of the new park to be constructed at 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road in Naperville beginning in summer 2019 and opening in summer 2020.

Connect your business’s brand with a well-known and respected one like
the Naperville
Park District’s and reach a large, active and diverse audience.

To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities
contact Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at
Please consider making a donation of any amount to our Fee Assistance Program.
Your contribution will help Naperville residents in need enjoy the benefits of recreation programs.