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St. Paul parks, businesses partner for free 'Fitness in the Parks' program


St. Paul is now bringing fitness to a park near you – and it won't cost you a dime. Fitness in the Parks is a brand new program that offers free exercise classes taught in St. Paul’s parks.

The classes are a partnership between the city of St. Paul and a number of local businesses.

Sarah Moran, owner of Sarah Zen Yoga, one of the businesses participating in the free fitness program, told KARE 11 she think it's important to “build community through fitness.”

Fitness coordinator Gregory Dodd told the station the program will continue to grow as area businesses volunteer their expertise.

While many of the businesses are yoga-focused, there will also be classes for tai chi, kickboxing, pilates, dance and more.

There are five to ten classes scheduled each week, but expect more to be added as the summer continues. The class schedules can be found on the St. Paul website.

Classes are open to all fitness levels with no registration required. All ages are welcome.

Other Summer Activities

St. Paul is also offering free music and movies throughout the season. Concertgoers can expect genres like folk, jazz, blues, pop, electronic, pop and more. Movies will be shown July through September at St. Paul parks and recreation centers.

The schedule for music and movies is available on the city’s website.

Minneapolis has its own host of summer park activities available.

One of the main attractions is Music and Movies in the Parks. The event allows participants to enjoy free movies and concerts at the city’s public parks.

The concert schedule includes over 200 outdoor concerts. Genres include classical, jazz, Latin, rock, folk, swing and bluegrass.

The Movies in the Parks Series began in 2007 and allows moviegoers to view films from multiple genres starting at sundown. The 2014 film themes include Animals, Cult Classics, Family Favorites, Minnesota Made, Movies that Inspire, and New Releases.

The Film Society of Minneapolis-St.Paul will show films from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival Minnesota Made category. The Twin Cities Black Film Festival is also showing selections.

In addition, there will be movie and music combo nights throughout the summer. Live on the Drive will take place the second Thursday of each month. The event will showcase back-to-back movies and musical performances. The month of August brings Vita.MN Music and Movies series, featuring national artists followed by a movie for four consecutive Fridays at Lake Harriet Band Shell. Father Hennepin Bluffs Park will have both music and movies every Tuesday, as well as Food Truck Tuesdays.

So gather up your lawn chairs, sneakers, and bug spray and see what the Twin Cities’ parks have to offer this summer.

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