Bronx Park gets outdoor gym, new basketball court

The Bronx Park at Bronx Park East and Union Port Road has received a new basketball court and an outdoor gym in time for summer.



Paving the way was Councilman James Vacca, who allocated money for the $200,000 project.



"People need exercise," he says.



Obesity is a huge problem in the Bronx, and Vacca and the city parks commissioner say outdoor exercise can help.



Gregory Gill, a 65-year-old who just underwent leg surgery, says a free outdoor gym is just what he could use.



"I live right across the street, and I can now be here for hours," he says.


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