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Rotary Club donates fitness equipment to Dirksen Park

$12,000 worth of work-out equipment unveiled last week


Holly Polivka, a member of the city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and her 3½-year-old son Coby enjoy the equipment at Dirksen Nature Park.Next time you’re out jogging, you might want to stop by Dirksen Nature Park.

Last week, the Tigard Rotary Club unveiled $12,000 worth of new exercise equipment at the park, designed to give joggers and other health-conscious residents a place to work out without having to worry about expensive gym memberships.

The equipment was purchased last year as part of the club’s 50th anniversary.

“We could have put up a plaque or a lot of things to mark the anniversary, but this is more meaningful,” said Paul Miller, a Rotarian who spearheaded the project with his wife Judy. “This will be there for a long time.”

The equipment includes eight fitness stations along the jogging trail near Southwest Tiedeman Avenue.

Instructional signs will help the uninitiated learn how to use the equipment said Paul Miller of the Tigard Rotary Club.

“The beauty of this is it’s for all ages and genders, where people are already exercising,” Miller said.

Paul and Judy Miller got the idea for the donation after visiting British Columbia and seeing a fitness center in a small city park.

“Children have lots of playgrounds, but we wanted to encourage fitness,” Judy Miller said. “A lot of people can’t afford to join a fitness club, or want to be outside while they work out. It’s always nice to be outdoors when the weather’s good.”

Judy Miller was president of the Rotary Club last year. Paul Miller chaired the committee that purchased the equipment.

The club raised $12,000 among its 45 members, Paul Miller said.

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tigard Rotary has donated eight pieces of outdoor fitness equipment to the city, which were unveiled this week at Dirksen Nature Park.The Millers say they have already seen several people using the equipment.

“We are really happy with how it turned out,” Paul Miller said. “I think it’s going to be used a lot.”

Holly Polivka, a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, jogs in the area and said that she and her 3½-year-old son Coby can’t wait to use the equipment.

“They have pull-up bars, equipment that you can vault over, one for doing sit-ups, another for dips and a set of parallel bars,” she said.

It’s the only outdoor fitness area of its kind in the city, Polivka said.

“I think it’s a great idea,” she said. “Especially with it being right by the trail. You can go and work out. It’s free and outside for anybody to use.”

Dirksen Nature Park, the city’s second largest park, is located at 11130 S.W. Tiedeman Ave. behind Fowler Middle School.

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