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Just in Time for the Big Day of Giving, Fun & Free Open-Air Activations Debut at Two Midtown Parks

Midtown Parks is excited to announce a new season of fun, free and open-air “Fresh Air: Fremont Park” health and wellness classes and “Workout at Winn” strength, stretch and yoga classes that are resuming in May 2021, coinciding with the community-wide Big Day of Giving fundraising drive. Launched in 2019, Midtown Parks is non-profit 501(c)(3) arm of the Midtown Association that aligns with the mission of the organization to create a center for culture, creativity, and vibrancy in Sacramento’s urban core.  Midtown Parks aims to increase health and community engagement by investing in six Midtown parks: Fremont Park (1515 Q Street), Truitt Bark Park (1818 Q Street), Marshall Park (915 27th Street), Muir Park (1515 C Street),  Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (2701 L Street) and Winn Park (1616 28th Street).

With social distancing in mind and safety measures in place, two new fitness series are resuming in May that promote an active lifestyle and social interaction, both of which are critical to the health of a thriving community.   

  • Fresh Air: Fremont Park – sponsored by 16 Powerhouse, Capital Area Development Authority (CADA), Sacramento Republic FC and SPIN, a series of free health and wellness classes will occur daily, Monday through Saturday through September. Classes include yoga, strength training, dance, Tai Chi, and more. Additionally, the east lawn of the park will be set up for open-air co-working and a lunch hour lounge with rotating activities, such as live music, lawn games, and food trucks, each Friday.
  • Workout at Winnher Elevated will lead an outdoor workout series, providing free classes – strength and stretch and vinyasa yoga – on Wednesday evenings during the year-round Wednesdays at Winn midweek farmers’ market. The free classes continue through September 29.

Open to all ages and fitness levels, those interested are encouraged to visit www.MidtownParks.org to review the weekly class schedule and to register. Each class is limited to 40 participants and pre-registration is required through the Good Elephant app. All participants are asked to adhere to the physical distancing protocols in place that are outlined on the class registration page, per guidelines related to COVID-19 from the County of Sacramento Public Health Department. The class schedules are subject to change and additional classes may be added at a later date.

These two series of free outdoor activations are examples of ways Midtown Parks supports the well-being of the community by creating centrally-located public spaces designed to provide opportunities for recreation, leisure, and to build relationships with neighbors. In addition, another recent Midtown parks investment was the all-weather umbrellas at the Truitt Bark Park, which is a popular destination among Midtown residents and their furry friends.  

“As the region continues to recover and reconnect with one another (with safety measures in place), it is more important than ever to invest in the well-being of our cherished Midtown community,” said Emily Baime Michaels, Executive Director of the Midtown Association. “Our urban parks provide area residents and guests with open-air space for leisure activities, organized activations, and simply spending time in safe and welcoming open-air settings. Our hope is these and other activations serve to improve the health and wellness of the community while also providing a much-needed morale boost.”

On Thursday, May 6, Midtown Parks will be joining nearly 700 area nonprofits to raise funds that support critical work and to celebrate community and philanthropy in the Sacramento area. For community members who want to learn more and/or donate to Midtown Parks a day early, Midtown Parks will be hosting a donation station at the Wednesdays at Winn evening market on Wednesday, May 5 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. On that day, community members who donate any amount will receive a free Midtown Parks sticker and those who donate $35 or more will receive a free double-wall stainless steel Midtown Parks branded water bottle.

For more information about upcoming activations and ways to sponsor or support Midtown Parks on Big Day of Giving and throughout the year, please visit www.MidtownParks.org.

About the author

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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