D.C.'s first 'outdoor gym' unveiled Tuesday

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Residents of the Anacostia Park neighborhood in D.C. received a gift Tuesday as the district's very first 'outdoor gym" was unveiled.

The new "outdoor fitness center" celebrated its grand opening Tuesday morning.

Officials said the equipment was installed in Anacostia Park with the goal of getting people in urban communities like it to get active.

By late morning, already many people from the neighborhood were taking advantage of the new equipment - something many people told ABC7 was desperately needed there.

"As you know, D.C. has particularly high obesity rates, and it's difficult in urban areas for people to find places that are safe and accessible and affordable to work out, stay healthy and stay fit," said Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles of the National Park Service.

This brand new outdoor fitness center was just unveiled less than hour ago. This equipment was installed in anacostia park with the goal of getting people in urban communities like this one to get active. We've already seem several people take advantage of this opportunity--it's one residents say was desperately needed here.

"I love to see the kids play out here," said resident Zachary Hewlin. "I wish I had something like this when I was small."

The cost for the equipment and installation was about $50,000.

The center is now the first outdoor gym in D.C. The National Park Service said it hopes this will be one of many in the district.