Outdoor fitness court to be built
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The National Fitness Campaign is coming to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation capital.
Okmulgee will be NFC’s fifth installment and the first one for the state of Oklahoma.
City of Okmulgee Code Enforcement Officer and Safety Coordinator Shawn Fritsche spoke about bringing NFC to Okmulgee.
“It seems like it was last summer when the idea was brought,” he said. “The ball really got rolling around August.”
Founded in 1979, NFC has partnered with over 4,000 cities and colleges to convert public spaces into outdoor circuit training systems, or what they like to call NFC fitness courts.
Fritsche said the Okmulgee City Manager was able to make contact with NFC to bring the courts.
“Basically it is an outdoor fitness court which will be free for everyone,” he said.
He said the courts were funded through sponsorships and the City of Okmulgee.
“We partnered with OSUIT (Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology) on the property,” Fritsche said. “They donated the property to put the fitness court.”
NFC’s goal is to create 100 courts across the country in 2018.
Okmulgee Main Street Director Heather Sumner sees the fitness court as another opportunity to show what Okmulgee has to offer.
“I am beyond proud and excited for our community,” she said. “We are once again the first to implement something new in the state of Oklahoma, just like we were with the student housing project downtown.”
Sumner said regardless of the size of the community, if everyone gets on the same page anything can be done.
“These projects are proof that if you have the vision, collaboration and community support, anything can be accomplished,” she said.
Fritsche said the fitness court is currently under construction with the hopes of April 27 being the opening day for the courts, weather permitting. The location of the court will be on Sixth Street in Downtown Okmulgee.