Fitness course OK'd for Johnson Lake
Friday, March 22, 2013 11:00 AM
Johnson Lake Park will soon be the site of a fitness trail. The course will be equipped with obstacles and exercise equipment.
The course was proposed by Jay Roney in 2012. When he got permission from the Parks Board to pursue the project at the park on Cragmont Street, he estimated it would cost $15,000 for the equipment.
Roney started collecting donations and soon raised more money than was needed.
Roney said the additional money will be used to set up a fund that will be used to replace equipment in the future.
Equipment, once ordered, will take up to four weeks to be delivered, Roney said.
"My hope is that we have it in before the summer, and then we'll have a big ceremony," he said.
There will be two stations beside the 0.4-mile walking trail where walkers, joggers or runners can stop to do push-ups, sit-ups and similar fitness exercises.
"I think it'll be a great addition to the community," Roney said.
The course is being dedicated to the memory of Roney's father-in-law, John Petscher, a longtime Madison veterinarian.
Also at the Parks Board meeting:
Board President Dan Cole discussed recent weather issues with the board. Cole said changing weather has left the Parks Department pressed for time to prepare some parks for the spring.
"We've really been battling the weather," Cole said. "Last weekend, on Saturday, it was 60 or 70 degrees, the next day was snow, the next day was thunderstorms."
Cole said that the department works with Madison Consolidated Schools to prepare the Rucker Sports Complex for baseball and softball games.
Opening day for the summer baseball and softball leagues is scheduled for May 20. A ceremony along with a dedication and games are planned. The deadline to sign up for the children's sports league is March 29.
Madison Women's Softball league will have a meeting on April 18 at the Brown Gym on Broadway. Their season will start in the second or third week of May. As of now, there are at least eight teams expected to participate.
The Madison Men's Softball league will have an organizational meeting Thursday March 28 at 6 p.m. at the Brown Gym. Games are scheduled for mid- May.