Chesapeake, Va., is hoping to make ailing Northwest River Park and Campground a bit more fit, but needs some help to do it, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

Starting Saturday (April 1), as part of the National Recreation and Park Association’s month-long Meet Me at the Park campaign, people can nominate Chesapeake to receive a $20,000 grant to install outdoor fitness equipment at the park. Other Hampton Roads cities are also vying for the grant, as well as others from across the country.

Kevin Kaul, Chesapeake’s parks manager, said the grant campaign is a “cool idea” in which “people could easily be involved in creating something new at the park.”

Parameters for the grant include a park improvement project or program that connects youth to nature, increases youth access to sports and/or inspires healthy living, said Lynn Jordan, a city recreation specialist.

Kaul said the money would be used to create a fitness area similar to one at Chesapeake’s recently renovated Elizabeth River Park. It could have an assortment of equipment, like outdoor rowing and elliptical machines, and places to do pulls-up and leg lifts.

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