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DPR Opens Select Gyms at 6AM Now

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Media Contacts:
Michael Tucker Jr., (202) 717-4242, [email protected]
Gregory Jackson Jr., (202) 714-9550, [email protected]

(Washington, DC) – Starting Monday, February 5, 2018, DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) opens Deanwood, Takoma and Turkey Thicket fitness centers at 6 a.m. “Fitness First” is an initiative providing early risers with a free space to workout in Ward 7, Ward 4 and Ward 5.

Fitness First continues the effort to regain the title of America’s Fittest City as ranked by the American College of Sports Medicine and to provide fitness opportunities for residents before traditional school and work hours.

“Fitness is one of the cornerstones at DPR and we have listened to residents who have asked for earlier gym times,” said DPR Director Keith A. Anderson. “We are starting at three recreation centers but plan to gradually open more centers throughout the year.”

DPR will officially kick off Fitness First with a high intense workout with DPR Director Anderson, highly-popular personal and online trainer Gym Jonez, fitness group November Project and members the Ward 7 community at 6 a.m. on Friday, February 9 at Deanwood Recreation Center.

The launch event coincides with DPR’s weekly #FitDCFriday social media campaign, which draws attention to various organizations, business, people and initiatives that put health and fitness first.

Fitness First 6 a.m. Fitness Center Locations:

- Deanwood Recreation Center – 1350 49th St NE (Launch event Feb. 9 at 6 a.m.)

- Takoma Recreation Center – 300 Van Buren St NW

- Turkey Thicket Recreation Center – 1100 Michigan Ave NE

For more information or to RSVP for events visit DPR.events. Follow #FitnessFirstDC #FitDCFriday on social media.


About DPR

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.