New outdoor exercise court coming to Old Bisbee

Rendering of the new Bisbee Outdoor Recreation Center to be added to Higgins Park in Old Bisbee.

BISBEE — Bisbee residents will have a new outdoor exercise court which touts a seven–minute, full–body workout at Higgins Park in Old Bisbee at no cost to the city.

Higgins Park, which already has an outdoor, heated swimming pool, a pickleball court and a basketball court, was the chosen location. The new Bisbee Outdoor Recreation Center (BORC) will be next to the existing courts.

It will feature seven stations for exercise on its 32-foot by 35-foot concrete pad, which will have a rubberized tile surface and a 25–year warranty, said Jamie Trevillyan, a consultant for Bisbee Vogue, Inc. (BVI), the organization sponsoring the addition. People can get full-body workouts through lunges, squats, core building, pulling and agility movements. The equipment is dual-layered, powder coated steel to withstand the elements, said Trevillyan.

The $160,000 project will be funded through grants, $30,000 from the National Fitness Campaign and $30,000 from BVI, said Cynthia Conroy, BVI executive director and founder of the Bisbee 1000: The Great Stair Climb. The BVI board of directors has agreed to chip in more, if needed.

For the past 30 years, the Bisbee 1000, organized and hosted by BVI, has brought thousands of people to town on the third Saturday in October for a grueling challenge along Old Bisbee’s stairs.

“Health has always been our main concern,” said Conroy. “This will provide residents and visitors with another way to healthy living.”

People who use the equipment can benefit from reduced stress from cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes, she added. The seven-movement, seven-minute system will provide a full-body workout to people of all ability levels.

Conroy hopes BORC will help residents and families stay healthy by developing lifelong habits of physical activity. Exercise benefits those with cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes and will help reduce stress while building overall wellbeing, she said.

BVI is working with KE&G construction and the city’s Public Works Department to begin the concrete foundation sometime in the near future.