Get Fit At The Fort Tryon Park Virtual Exercise Classes Available Online

July 10, 2020

Just north of Harlem is Fort Tryon Park, where The Fort Tryon Park Trust is committed to the park designers’ 1935 legacy of public health.

The Olmsteds believed urban parks could serve as “lungs of the city,” providing the physical and mental health benefits of walking, fresh air, and aesthetically pleasing park features. Over eight decades, Fort Tryon Park has adapted to change and has supported physical activity. Pathways are now used for running, and staircases for working out; ping pong, volleyball courts, and outdoor fitness equipment have been added.

Now The Fort Tryon Park Trust is bringing you virtual fitness resources to support the park community during the pandemic.

The Fort Tryon Park Trust and NYC Parks are committed to your health and want Fort Tryon Park to be your green gym, so we have developed VIRTUAL RESOURCES to help you stay safe and fit during the pandemic. See below for current video links! We hope you will enjoy getting fit at the Fort, with the added benefit of “forest bathing” within the surrounding tree canopy.

This historic, 85-year-old, 67-acre park overlooking the Hudson River is a great place to be physically active while enjoying nature and spectacular views. The park has over eight miles of paved paths for walking and running. Bicyclists may enjoy the one mile bike lane along the park drive. Additional amenities include two playgrounds with workout stations, basketball and volleyball courts, ping pong tables, and lawns for playing catch, Frisbee, and tag. You can also use any of 52 staircases for your workout.

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Staying active is good for everyone both mentally and physically – and active adults set a good example for kids. Playing outdoors helps develop better motor skills and can create a life-long appreciation for outdoor activities and the environment. The Fort Tryon Park Trust believes in the benefits of staying fit out of doors, and provides funding for fitness program year-round.

Here are ten advantages of outdoor exercise:

  1. It’s quieter than the gym.
  2. It smells better than the gym.
  3. It’s free. Your taxes already pay for it.
  4. It’s better for the environment. No equipment, no materials, no fuel needed.
  5. It helps you get vitamin D. Many Americans are deficient.
  6. It’s relaxing. Natural light and nature induce endorphins, those feel-good brain chemicals.
  7. It’s family-friendly.
  8. It’s couples-friendly. An active alternative to dinner and movie.
  9. It takes less time. No commuting, no special clothes needed.
  10. It feels more like play. And play is good!


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