Fitness course planned for Johnson Lake Park
Thursday, March 01, 2012 10:00 AM
Exercise equipment such as chin-up bars and a sit-ups bench will be installed at Johnson Lake Park on Cragmont Street in memory of the late John Petscher, a longtime Madison veterinarian.
His son-in-law, Jay Roney, got Parks Board approval Wednesday for what is called a parcourse fitness trail. Roney said he and his wife, Jennifer, will donate toward the estimated $15,000 cost for the equipment and are taking donations.
There will be three locations, or stations, beside the .4-mile walking trail where walkers, joggers or runners can stop to do push-ups, sit-ups and similar fitness exercises. There will be two or three pieces of equipment at each station, he said. There will be instructions posted for how to use each piece of equipment, Roney said.
Roney said he will find volunteers to install the equipment. Petscher, who died a year ago, was an Eagle Scout, so Roney said he is checking if scouting could provide volunteers.
Roney said he and Petscher used to talk about how much fun it would be to have a parcourse. The hometown of Petscher's wife, Janis, has a parcourse, Roney said.
The parcourse could be in place by summer, Roney said.
Also at the Parks Board meeting:
The date of the board's next meeting has not been set, but it will not be on the regularly scheduled date of the last Wednesday of the month.
Sunrise Golf Course is participating in the PGA's Play Golf America to introduce more people to golf, Sunrise pro Jeff Bridgford said. Details about the four, one-hour sessions will be announced.
The parks department is accepting applications for summer jobs. Applications are available at the department office at Brown Gym and at City Hall.
The board agreed to give away an undetermined number of passes for golf rounds with a cart to be given away by WIKI radio in exchange for air time including a weekly show by Bridgford.
The board opened price quotes from suppliers of apparel such as caps and T-shirts. Stucker said the department won't necessarily buy from the company submitting the lowest prices but will also consider other factors such as quality and delivery.
"I would also take into consideration what has that company given back," Champ Sports owner Donnie Wattenberger, who attended the meeting, told the board. "We have always been very generous giving money back." Stucker and board members agreed that was also a consideration.
Quotes were submitted by K & G Sports of North Vernon and the Madison companies Champ Sports, Sun-Time Printing, East Industries and MPS.