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Our recreation programs and activities are provided year-round. Choose from indoor, outdoor, and virtual options.

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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 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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Kettlebell AMPD

Kettlebell AMPD is a group fitness format that takes heart-pumping music and kettlebell moves and combines them into a calorie torching fun workout! The program uses lightweight kettlebells, in both traditional and non-traditional ways, to create a fun, effective, full body workout. Combining the benefits of strength training, functional movements and cardiovascular exercise, this program is a safe and effective workout for all ages and fitness levels. No experience necessary.

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Step & Sculpt Aerobics

Get your cardio fix in this fun class choreographed around an aerobics step and set to fun music. The instructor will lead you through cardio based intervals where you are up and down on the step, and then you will sculpt it out doing strength based moves utilizing light weights and your own body weight.

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Rigorous full-body class combines rowing intervals with floor based strength and core exercises for the ultimate all-in-one, low impact cardio and strength workout.  All levels welcome.

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

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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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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+

All programs are held at Garfield Park Community Gym (2111 Madison Ave SE)

Group Fitness

Active Adults

Mondays, 10:15 - 11:10 am and Wednesdays, 11:15 am - 12:10 pm

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

Stretch and Flex

Thursdays, 11:15 am - 12:10 pm

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. FREE.

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Starting September 13 

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 - 10:55 am

Join us for Tai Chi for Arthritis Tuesdays and Thursdays at Garfield Park Community Gym. In partnership with Senior Neighbors. This is a safe and effective exercise class for older adults that focuses on slow and methodical movements to improve flexibility, balance, and overall health! $3 donation suggested.

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. FREE.



Mondays, 11:15 am - 12:10 pm

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

Fridays, 10:00 am - 12:15 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. FREE.

Ping Pong

Tuesdays, 12:15 - 1:10 pm

Play non competitive games of ping pong with us. All skill levels welcome! FREE.


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

Check our Facebook page for the most recent calendar.


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 Dance

Ballet/Jazz Combo (Ages 5-7)

Gets kids up and moving! An upbeat class that explores jazz techniques and incorporates ballet. 

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Youth Ballet (Ages 3-4)

This class will develop coordination, balance and rhythm through basic ballet/tap moves and creative movement. Participants should wear ballet shoes.

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Youth Enrichment

Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz is a series of LEGO building classes designed to give children a foundational knowledge of the world of science, technology, engineering, and arts (STEAM) through engaging programs. 

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Children's Yoga

Story Time Yoga (Ages 3-5)

Story-time yoga is a fun variation of a traditional children's yoga class. Each class will include one or two short stories that give an interactive and unique opportunity for kiddos to practice yoga along with the book! These classes also consist of music, basic breathwork, and games.

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Yoga & A Mindful Activity

In this Yoga & Mindfulness class, children will have a blast while learning basic and challenging yoga poses, learning teamwork in partner and group poses or games, using breathing exercises, AND exploring a new mindfulness activity craft each week!  This class is sure to be loads of fun encouraging belly laughs, while cultivating tools to manage stress and calm their minds!

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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.

Aquatics Homepage

Pools and Splash Pads

Looking for pool and splash pad information? Click below.

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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