It was kind of a long shot, but James Shipp and Kyle Stone from the Central Plumas Recreation and Park District (CPRPD) had to take the chance.
Attending a recent three-day California Parks and Recreation Society conference in Sacramento, the CPRPD general manager and his recreation supervisor eyed the contest rules and figured they might ace it.
So they took the challenge from Greenfields Outdoor Fitness and stepped up to perform as many sit-ups, triceps dips and pull-ups as they each could within one minute per exercise.
They entered their best numbers (Kyle did 33 pull-ups, James did 52 sit-ups and 47 triceps dips) and kept checking back all day. At the very end, a muscular fellow came to do his darnedest and still he didn’t beat the Quincy guys. CPRPD won!
According to Shipp, the real story happened next.
For winning the challenge, CPRPD won a brand new, 14-station Greenfields Functional Fitness Rig, a shiny new par course apparatus for the whole community to enjoy. All they had to do now was put it together.
Enter the Plumas County Correctional Facility and a lot of help from inmates being supervised by Sergeant April Gott. She connected CPRPD with Adam Potts for a work-furlough assignment to oversee fellow inmates Chris Campanaro, Gary Clark, Bron Craghead, Josh Dewey and James Martinez to install the new workout station at Pioneer Park in East Quincy.
They did an outstanding job and completed the project between June 12 and 21.
“I really want the credit for this work to go to Plumas County Corrections,” Shipp said, giving a short tour of the new equipment on site. “These guys were epic! They crushed it.”
Shipp explained the job was hard and the ground was rocky.
“They were super excited to be part of this,” Shipp added. “Everyone volunteered for it and benefitted from the project. It was easy to see that this was important to them. Now, they can feel a sense of pride and point to this fitness station and say they have given something back to their community.”
Park visitors are welcome to step inside the CPRPD office where they can lend you the battle rope or medicine ball accessories to use with the fitness station that offers 14 types of exercises to try.
Another bonus from the collaborative project came about when the CPRPD manager was able to hire Adam Potts as a regular, part-time park maintenance worker through the work-furlough program.
“He’s a great guy!” Shipp said. “I’ll have work for him as long as he wants to be here.”
Picnic celebrates new equipment
Not to be outdone, the Quincy Rotary Club donated $1,500 to the rec district to go with public funds for the construction of a two-stall batting and hitting cage, also installed at Pioneer Park.
The batting station accommodates golfers and soft-toss baseball practice. You can also practice hitting a ball off a tee, Shipp said. It’s open all the time and free to use, and CPRPD will rent you some clubs and balls if you need them.
When all the work was done, CPRPD held a community picnic June 22, an event that is becoming a popular annual party at Pioneer Park.
Matt Kitchens, owner of The Toy Store in downtown Quincy, donated lemon sorbet and spent the day dishing up the frozen treat. Shipp cooked up hotdogs and hamburgers, and his team helped serve 110 picnic lunches.
For more information about these and other recreation programs, call 283-3278.