Albany opens new youth fitness center

Facility in Lincoln Park is open to city residents who are 7 to 19 years old

ANNE MILLER Staff Writer
Section: Capital Region,  Page: B9

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2007

ALBANY - After more than two years and $55,000, the city on Tuesday inaugurated a new youth fitness center at Lincoln Park.

"It's something in the South End that's long been needed," Mayor Jerry Jennings said. Olympic wrestling gold medalist Jeff Blatnick attended the festivities.

"I lived in Albany, I trained in Albany, and now I'd like to give back," he said.

The facility is free and is open to city residents ages 7 to 19.

The facility offers weights and cardio equipment, a mat for wrestling and karate, an open gym for dance fitness and jumping rope and a cardio room with punching bags. Seven city employees, plus volunteers, will be there at all times, said John D'Antonio, city commissioner of the Department of Recreation. The space is open from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Users must present city-issued identification cards, which can be obtained by having a parent or guardian complete an emergency contact form and bringing it to the Lincoln Park site. Forms are also available at the city Department of Recreation at 7 Hoffman Ave.