Jay Roney and his daughter, Annalise, demonstrate the Step-Up station, part of the John W. Petscher Memorial Parcourse at Johnson Lake. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Jay Roney and his daughter, Annalise, demonstrate the Step-Up station, part of the John W. Petscher Memorial Parcourse at Johnson Lake. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
A new exercise course has opened at Johnson Lake.

The parcourse, also called a fitness trail, has exercise stations circling the hilltop lake off Cragmont Street.

The course honors Dr. John W. Petscher, a Madison veterinarian who died in 2011. Dr. Jennifer Roney, Petscher's daughter, and her husband, Jay, came up with the idea for the course.

"He was always a fan of fitness and recreation," Jennifer Roney said.

The stations are spaced out along the four-tenths-mile trail where walkers, joggers and runners have a variety of exercise options.

"The thought was to break up walking and running by doing a little extra exercise," Jennifer Roney said.

The cost of the equipment was around $15,000, which the Roney's raised through donations.

Jay Roney said the trail isn't usually busy, but he hopes the new equipment spurs new interest to the area.

"I sure hope people utilize it," he said.