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Free Yoga, Tennis for Seniors at City Parks

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Seniors looking for activities to do outdoors with like-minded peers can still take advantage of the CityParks Seniors Fitness program, which offers free tennis, yoga, and fitness walking in parks across the five boroughs.

    New Yorkers 60 and over are welcome to show up at any of the parks listed below to participate in the activities, says organizer City Parks Foundation.

    "CityParks Seniors Fitness has served over 3,400 participants since it began in 2006, and aims to keep neighborhood parks a great place for community activity," said City Parks. "The program encourages New Yorkers to maximize the health benefits of staying active at all ages.

    "Even in moderate amounts, exercise can help participants feel better, maintain or lose weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, and minimize the symptoms of arthritis," said City Parks.

    Richard Hill, 87, and Erma Hill, 86, of Queens say they've been hitting the tennis courts at Flushing Meadows Corona Park at least twice a week to practice their serves, work on their volley skills and socialize with friends.

    The couple met while students at the George Washington High School in Manhattan, and have been playing tennis since they were both 18.

    "There is no excuse for seniors not being able to get active with the free program City Parks Foundation offers," said Erma. "Over 35 years ago, I was diagnosed with leukemia and given six months to live. Now I'm on the tennis court multiple times a week, thanks to our tennis classes. The more you stay active, the more you can do."

    The program started in 2006, and has served over 3,400 New Yorkers. City Parks Foundation is a nonprofit organization deficated to presenting free arts, sports and education programs in over 750 of the city's parks.


    CityParks Seniors Fitness, Spring 2011

    QUEENS
    Astoria Park
    Tennis - Mondays/Wednesdays at 10 AM - Tennis Courts 21st St & Hoyt Ave S

    Cunningham Park
    Tennis- Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9 AM - Tennis Courts Union Turnpike & 193rd St Yoga - Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10 AM - Tennis Courts Union Turnpike & 193rd St

    Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    Yoga - Mondays/Wednesdays at 9 AM - Tennis Courts Meridian Rd Tennis - Mondays/Wednesdays at 10 AM - Tennis Courts Meridian Rd

    Roy Wilkins Park
    Yoga- Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9 AM - Tennis Courts Baisley Blvd & 177th St Tennis - Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10 AM - Tennis Courts Baisley Blvd & 177th St

    BRONX

    Crotona Park
    Tennis - Mondays/Wednesdays at 9 AM - Tennis Courts E 173rd St & Crotona Ave

    Pelham Bay Park
    Yoga - Mondays/Wednesdays at 9 AM -  Middletown Rd & Stadium Ave

    Van Cortlandt Park/Woodlawn
    Yoga - Mondays/Wednesdays at 9 AM - Woodlawn Tennis Courts Jerome Ave & E 233rd St Walking - Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9 AM -Woodlawn Tennis Courts Jerome Ave & E 233rd St

    MANHATTAN
    Carl Schurz Park
    Walking - Tuesdays/Thursdays at 8 AM - E 86th St & East End Ave Yoga - Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9AM - E 86th St & East End Ave

    Inwood Hill Park
    Tennis- Mondays/Wednesdays at 10 AM- Tennis Courts W 207th St & Seaman Ave Yoga - Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9 AM - Tennis Courts W 207th St & Seaman Ave

    BROOKLYN
    Kaiser Park
    Tennis - Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10 AM - Neptune Ave & W 28th St

    Marine Park
    Yoga - Mondays/Wednesdays at 9 AM - Nature Center Ave U & E 32nd St Tennis - Tuesdays/Thursdays at 11 AM - Tennis Courts Ave S & E 32nd St

    Red Hook Park
    Yoga - Mondays/Wednesdays at 10:30 AM - Recreation Center 155 Bay St & Clinton St

    South Oxford Park
    Yoga - Wednesdays/Fridays at 11 AM - S. Oxford St & Atlantic Ave

    STATEN ISLAND

    Greenbelt Park
    Tennis - Mondays/Wednesdays at 10 AM - Brielle Ave between Rockland & Wolcott
     

    For more information, visit http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/.