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Deaconess Associations Foundation grant helps Roselawn rise

The city of Cincinnati’s first outdoor gym is open for use, thanks in part to a $35,000 grant from the Deaconess Associations Foundation.

City officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony November 18 to celebrate the opening of the outdoor gym and fitness track, in conjunction with the City’s Neighborhood Enhancement Project (NEP).

Mayor John Cranley, City Manager Harry Black, Deaconess Associations Foundation Executive Director Greg Ebel and Councilwoman Yvette Simpson joined members of the Roselawn Community Council, Roselawn Business Alliance, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, Mercy Health Foundation and other corporate and community partners to see the progress that has been made on the project at Roselawn Park.

Deaconess Associations Foundation awarded $35,000 to build a quarter-mile fitness track around the outdoor gym.

“The Deaconess Foundation searches for new ways to help address our community’s most important health needs,” said Tony Woods, chairman of Deaconess Associations, Inc. “That includes encouraging healthy lifestyles that prevent chronic disease and supporting the community’s overall wellness efforts.”

“We’re honored to support this initiative in one of Cincinnati’s most historic neighborhoods,” Woods said. “Our investment will help residents of all ages have nearby access to a first-class facility that meets a healthy demand critical need for affordable, safe and fun ways to exercise.”