Zumba at Peck Park

Even with 100 degree temperatures and record heat, we had a blast doing Zumba In The Park last Saturday! Detroit was alive with enthusiasm and people traveled from around the city and suburbs to attend. As one participant stated, this was going to be her new Saturday morning “thing to do.”

A typical Zumba session burns between 500 and 1000 calories. The exercises include music with fast and slow rhythms, as well as resistance training. There are 12 million people taking weekly Zumba classes in over 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries. Zumba’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included. But no worries… because the Zumba program is low-impact, it is safe for all ages.

I created the “In The Park” series to help foster a healthy, friendly, walk-able, community environment that has multiple options for those interested in pursuing a healthy (or healthier) lifestyle. I am a Detroiter that moved back to the city in 2011 after living in Chicago for several years. I so missed doing yoga and zumba in the park there, that I decided to be the change I want to see, and organize yoga and zumba in the park here. It is absolutely exciting to see momentum building for this event. Downtown Detroit is alive with energy and it is great to be a part of it.

All events are at the beautifully renovated Peck Park. Once a lively and popular park, Peck Park had fallen into decay and abandonment by 2000, further adding to the negative urban image of Midtown. In 2003, UCCA, City of Detroit, and the Art Center Citizen’s District Council collaborated to create a construction plan that included a new playscape, performance stage, volleyball court, walkways, decorative lighting, landscaping, benches, picnic tables and trash receptacles. Construction was completed in the summer of 2004 at a cost of $650,000 (all funds raised by UCCA).

More details about the “In The Park” series:

Zumba In The Park

Every Saturday morning in July 2012

9:00am – 10:00am

Peck Park, located on Brush and Frederick (Midtown)

Yoga In The Park

Every Saturday morning in July 2012

8:00am – 8:45am

Peck Park, located on Brush and Frederick (Midtown)

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