FitPark Ride opens for cyclists


FitPark Ride at Oak Openings in Swanton will offer cyclists a challenging ride.

FitPark Ride at Oak Openings in Swanton will offer cyclists a challenging ride.


Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise

Metroparks Toledo on Thursday cut the ribbon on the newest FitPark in the Toledo area. FitPark Ride, located at the Beach Ridge Area of Oak Openings in Swanton, is now open.

FitPark Ride is a skills development course for cyclists with 21 obstacles. Cyclists can conquer the teeter-totter, roller coaster, snake ladder, mountain top and other challenges that are similar to what they will encounter on mountain bike trails.

FitPark Ride is another reason to visit the Beach Ridge Area at Oak Openings, which includes a 12-mile singletrack bike trail, the Wheelhouse indoor event center and the future Cannaley Treehouse Village.

“FitParks are examples of Metroparks and Mercy Health’s commitment to providing new and fun ways to get outdoors and stay active,” said Dave Zenk, Metroparks Toledo executive director. “Judging by the early response from trail riders, FitPark Ride is going to be a tremendous attraction at the Beach Ride Area, which is fast becoming a regional destination for outdoor adventure.”

The Mercy Health Foundation is donating $100,000 a year for five years to fund the purchase and installation of FitParks. Each unique FitPark provides healthy, free or low-cost outdoor recreation opportunities. The first FitPark, with exercise equipment, opened last year at Wildwood Preserve. FitPark Paddle, opened just a few weeks ago, includes a kayak concession at Farnsworth, a kayak landing at Side Cut and the region’s first “kayak share” at Howard Marsh, where users can reserve a boat using their smartphone.

“For more than 163 years, Mercy Health has been committed to providing our community the highest quality of care within our facilities. Our partnership with Metroparks Toledo builds on that commitment to help area residents be well,” said Bob Baxter, president of Toledo Market. “With three FitParks available and more to come, Mercy Health is proud to play a role in making health and fitness fun.”

A public grand opening was held Sunday and included food trucks, ice cream and a DJ, in addition to rides on the course.

The Beach Ridge Area is located at 3520 Waterville Swanton Road.

FitPark Ride at Oak Openings in Swanton will offer cyclists a challenging ride.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/09/web1_FitPark-Ride.jpgFitPark Ride at Oak Openings in Swanton will offer cyclists a challenging ride. Drew Stambaugh | Swanton Enterprise