Recreation

JPEG image of fitness participants after a Zumba workout

Our recreation programs and activities are provided year-round. Some of our classes have returned to an in-person format with reduced numbers and face coverings required. However, if you'd rather join us from home, our instructors are also going live on Zoom for virtual recreation.

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Adult Recreation

Adult recreation classes are for community members of all fitness levels. Choose from heart-pumping cardio, upbeat dance, or relaxing and toning yoga fitness.

Fee-Based Indoor, Outdoor, and Virtual Classes

Cardio and Strength

Barre

Barre is a low impact, high intensity total body workout that incorporates elements of Pilates, Ballet and Yoga. This workout is fast paced and set to fun upbeat music. During the workout you will use light hand weights, resistance bands, and your own body weight. You will complete small range movements at high repetitions meant to fatigue your muscles to build strength and endurance, and then stretch everything out to increase your flexibility. Barre is a great workout for any fitness level as there are options to level up or down based on your own body.

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HIGH Fitness

HIGH Fitness is an energetic, fun, fitness class that incorporates interval training with pop music, and easy-to-follow fitness choreography. This dance based class produces a high caloric burn and full-body toning through its carefully formulated choreography, alternating between intense cardio peaks and toning tracks. No equipment necessary, and options will be given for all fitness levels.

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Core Camp

Incorporate weight training and cardio blast intervals to keep your muscles and heart pumping. Combined with today’s hottest music, this class is as much fun as it is effective.

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Pilates

Tone muscles, improve posture, and learn flexibility and balance. Focus on moving as one unit with control and grace. Improve circulation, endurance, and reduce stress.

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POUND 

Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities.

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Resorative Barre

Combining moves from pilates and yoga, and mixed with traditional strength work and elements from ballet, this is a class suitable for everyBODY. You can expect to start moving slow, building into a deep burn through your core and lower body, then peaking in standing postures that heat the body. Class ends with stillness and stretching. Move with intention, and peacefully reset your mind and body. Participants will need a yoga mat or soft surface. 

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SoulfulMOTION

SoulfulMOTION is an exciting class of fitness and inspiration. This is a high intensity interval training (HIIT) class

set to Christian and inspirational music. Designed for anyone regardless of age or fitness level. 

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Strength + Power

This laser-focused strength class will work all your muscle groups with a variety of exercises to elevate your current routine. It will combine compound exercises to engage as many muscles as possible in a single move, as well as incorporate isolation moves. Modifications and challenges will be offered to make the class appropriate for all levels. Bring your own water bottle, towel & mat.

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STRONG Nation

Strong Nation is a HIIT class (High Intensity Interval Training) that includes body weight strength exercises, fast cardio moves, plyometrics, and agility training. Music and moves sync together to help push you past your limits to reach your fitness goals.

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STRONG 30

STRONG30 packs a total body workout into 30 minutes. It combines HIIT (high intensity interval training), body weight exercises, and cardio moves. In every class, the music and moves sync together in a way to help push you past your limits and reach your fitness goals.

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Water Aerobics

Build core strength, conditioning, endurance and all-over toning. Class features deep and shallow water exercises. A great low/non-impact workout. Float belts are available.

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Cycling

Cycling

Reach your fitness goals while building leg and core strength. Powerful music and pace-setting instruction helps you climb steep hills, move across flat road and master intense intervals.

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Dance Fitness

Beginner Ballroom Dancing

A beginner class targeted toward couples wanting to learn ballroom dancing. Learn the Salsa, Waltz, Foxtrot, East Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Rumba and Tango.

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Groove

Sweat away stress and dance some joy into your heart while following simple steps and easy toning moves. Groove is perfect for anyone who wants to add some fun into their current workout routine. If you like to move to a variety of great music, this class is for you.

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WERQ

WERQ is a nonstop cardio dance class with fun and unique routines set to the hottest pop and hip hop music. Participants will get a high calorie burn, and a non stop workout, combining repetitive athletic moves with fresh dance steps. Anyone can WERQ it!

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Zumba

Zumba is a high energy, dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music. All fitness levels are welcome.

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Zumba Toning

Join master Zumba instructor Yeli Romero for an energetic, confidence-building Latin Zumba Fitness Toning class! Expect targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness party. This aerobic fitness toning program features movements using light weights (3lbs or less) performed primarily to Latin American dance music. So bring your weights and get ready to tone your arms, core, and lower body. All levels are welcome!

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Yoga

Basic Yoga

Discover your inner yogi in a class that builds strength and body awareness. Begin with gentle stretching and move to flowing through and holding poses. Class will come to a restful end.

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Gentle Yoga

A balanced practice that will center you, leaving your body feeling open and relaxed. Basic poses and a slower flow unlock body tension, strengthen your core and help you tune into personal peace.

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Power Yoga

This energetic class is designed to build strength, flexibility, and balance! Challenging peak poses, breath to movement flows, and mind body connections will encourage students to find their edge. Modifications are always offered and body awareness is always encouraged.

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Slow Flow Restorative Yoga

End your weekend and set the tone for the week ahead with this calming and gentle yoga class. Each class will begin and end with a variety of restorative postures, with a slow yoga flow in between. Find a cozy comfortable space, light a few candles, and grab as many blankets and pillows as you can.

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Tai Chi Easy

Practice gentle movement and simple, modified tai chi to bring vitality to your mind and body. Combining breathwork and gentle mindful movement, this class will help soothe and rebalance you. Class will be held outside and taught standing and walking, but is easily adapted for a seated practice. For seated practice, please bring your own chair or stool; armless is ideal.

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Vital Movement

Strength, flexibility and balance are vital to our well -being. This class combines yoga stretches and poses (from the chair and standing only), along with light core work. No mat required. Perfect for anyone needing to stretch, improve their range of motion, or modify their practice as they recover from injuries.  This class is great for any age, especially those 50+.

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Programs for Ages 50+

Group Fitness

Active Adults

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

This class includes warm-up, standing cardio, balance work, strength training (preferably with weights), and cool-down.  


Stretch and Flex

Stretch and Flex will return in November 2021

Stretch and flex is focused on increasing strength, balance and flexibility. The class begins with chair exercises and light hand weights. A great class for men and women. Classes are drop-in and ongoing. 


Walking Club

Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Walk your way to health and meet new friends. You can walk in the Garfield Park Community Gym or in the park. Children are welcome to walk with adults and strollers are permitted.

Sports

Pickleball 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Come play or learn Pickleball. Don’t have equipment? No problem, there is some available at the gym for you to use and free instruction is also available.


Volleyball

Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for friendly matches of volleyball. All skill levels welcome!

Enrichment

Rotating Monthly Programs

In addition to regularly scheduled classes, monthly community activities are available, including:

  • Card Games
  • Community Exploration
  • Book Club
  • Knitting
  • Health and Wellness Seminars

October Enrichment Events:

  • October 12 at 10:00 am - Meet and greet with Fran Dalton of the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association
  • October 14 10:00 am - Knitting Club (all skill levels welcome)
  • October 19 at 10:00 am - Uno games
  • October 21 at 10:00 am - Book Club: Bring Your Favorite Book to Share
  • October 26 at 10:00 am - Bingo for Fun
  • October 28 at 10:00 am - Halloween Coffee and Conversation with GRPD

Youth & Family Activities

Youth activities include adventure and enrichment courses, organized sports, and programs for the whole family.

Youth Sports

Youth Soccer

We have soccer programs for kids ages 4-11. North and south locations available, all skill levels welcome!

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Youth T-Ball/Baseball

We have t-ball/baseball programs for kids ages 4-12. Choose from multiple locations across Grand Rapids parks.

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Youth Golf

We’ve partnered with First Tee – West Michigan to offer youth golf programs for ages 7-17. First Tee – West Michigan is a youth development program that uses golf as a vehicle to help students succeed academically, athletically, and socially.

First Tee works to ensure cost isn’t a barrier for any student that wants to participate. Students eligible for free/reduced price lunch at school or families that are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can participate for just $5.

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Youth Dance

Ballet/Tap

This class will develop coordination, balance and rhythm through basic ballet/tap moves and creative movement. Participants should wear ballet shoes. The end of the session recital will be a tap dance performance. 

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Jazz 

Gets kids up and moving! An upbeat class that explores jazz technique while adding in some funky hip-hop moves.

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Fairytale Ballet/Creative Movement 

Children will gain confidence moving their bodies to music while practicing simple steps, repetitive sequences and balance. Stretching, silly songs and props will make the experience fun.

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Mommy & Me Ballet

Mommy & Me is an introductory to dance class for tots! Your child will sing, learn simple movements, and have fun with props! This class will develop motor skills, improve coordination and help children follow directions!

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Youth Enrichment

Bricks 4 Kidz

Mining and Crafting Class

Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. At night monsters come out, so players need to make sure to build a shelter before that happens. Experience the world of Minecraft with LEGO® bricks in this fun after school enrichment class. Kids will start by crafting their shelters, critters and tools using LEGO® bricks. Students will face new challenges each day, building moving technic models and crafting key elements from the popular Minecraft game.

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Vehicle Adventure Robotics

From Siri to Alexa, robots are part of our day to day lives! This two-week introduction will give kids the opportunity to build and program vehicle-themed robots with LEGO bricks. Using LEGO bricks and WeDo 2.0 software we will build an airplane and a delivery truck and code them to move according to our directions. No experience required! 

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Aquatics

Learn about swim lessons as well as our public pools and splash pads.

Swim Lessons

Click below to learn about our indoor and outdoor swim lessons.

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Pools and Splash Pads

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City Pools and Splash Pads

Paddleboard Classes

Paddleboard Basics

In this one-time introductory class, get familiar with a paddle board and learn some of the basic tips and tricks that will help your navigation and stability. With a little practice, and a lot of fun, you will become aware of all the muscles used and benefits received, when you take your work out to the water. 

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Paddleboard Fitness Fusion

Let’s make a SPLASH this summer trying something new! Paddleboard Fitness Fusion is a combination of balance training, strength training, pilates and yoga to fully benefit your body in the most unique way. No experience is necessary, we will provide options for all levels of fitness. Come for the challenge, and come for the FUN.

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