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City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, 60 and older, to participate in CityParks Seniors Fitness. The fall 2016 season of Seniors Fitness programs began the week of Sept. 26, and offers free tennis lessons, yoga instruction and fitness walking in 16 parks across the city. In Manhattan, the program will be offered in Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side, Central Park, Inwood Hill Park in Inwood and Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem.

CityParks Seniors Fitness has served more 10,000 participants since it began in 2006 and aims to keep neighborhood parks a great place for community activity. The program encourages New Yorkers to maximize the health benefits of staying active at all ages. Even in moderate amounts, exercise can help participants feel better, maintain or lose weight, reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes and minimize the symptoms of arthritis.

“Exercise is so important at all ages, but it is especially important for seniors who typically lead more sedentary lifestyles,” says Mike Silverman, director of sports at City Parks Foundation. “We’ve found that exercising even just once a week helps participants feel better mentally and emotionally. The program is a great opportunity for seniors to be social and meet new people in their neighborhoods, while getting outside and having some fun.”

All activities in this six-week fitness program take place once or twice a week at each location through Nov. 4.

For more information about City Parks Foundation’s free Seniors Fitness programs, please call the Sports Department at 718- 760-6999. All equipment and instruction is provided free of charge. Sessions are one hour unless otherwise noted, once or twice a week.

The following is a detailed schedule for CityParks Seniors Fitness in Manhattan for fall 2016.

Carl Schurz Park

Walking—Mondays/Wednesdays at 9 a.m., East 86th Street and East End Avenue

Yoga—Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9 a.m., East 86th Street and East End Avenue

Central Park

Tennis—Fridays from 1p.m to 3 p.m., Tennis Courts, 93rd Street near West Drive

Inwood Hill Park

Tennis—Tuesdays/Thursdays from 10 noon, Tennis Courts, 207th Street and Seaman Avenue

Yoga—Mondays/Wednesdays at 11 a.m., Tennis Courts, 207th Street and Seaman Avenue

Thomas Jefferson Park

Yoga—Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., East 112th Street and First Avenue

As in all of its programming and activities, City Parks Foundation partners with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to improve neighborhood parks and the communities they serve. City Parks Foundation’s Sports & Fitness Programs annually offer free expert instruction to more than 14,000 New York youth and seniors at more than 80 locations citywide.

CityParks Seniors Fitness is generously supported by Humana. Additional support is provided by Zwicker Electric and the Seniors Fitness Benefit hosted by David Pinter, Northfield Bank Foundation, New York City Council under the leadership of Melissa Mark-Viverito and NYC Council Member Annabel Palma.

City Parks Foundation is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community development and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs and community building initiatives— located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers and public schools across the city—reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: We believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities.