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Children with a variety of ability issues shared suggestions
for the park’s amenities and visually impaired children
helped select the park equipment’s color scheme. Community groups pitched in and helped build the park.
Missoula REALTORS® helped install equipment, dig
holes and pour concrete. Wahlberg said that so many
REALTORS® volunteered to help build the park that
there was a waiting list of workers.
Staying fit and healthy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cedar Rapids calls itself a City of Five Seasons, where
the fifth season means taking time to enjoy the other
four. Folks living in Cedar Rapids pride themselves
on staying active and in 2014 were recognized in the
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index as living in the
ninth healthiest small city in the country.
The Cedar Rapids Area Association of REALTORS®
and the Iowa Association of REALTORS® are ensuring that Cedar Rapids residents stay healthy, active and
fit. REALTORS® used local and NAR funds to create a
fitness zone at a city park that previously lacked most
recreational amenities. The fitness zone at the city’s
Cherokee Park includes six outdoor exercise stations.
“We know that placing outdoor exercise equipment in
parks has a substantial impact on park users. Typically
people use the park more and are more active when they
are in the park. We are thrilled that the Iowa Association of REALTORS® made this fitness zone possible
for the public,” says Sven Leff, Cedar Rapids Parks and
The REALTOR® Associations, with the help of an NAR
Placemaking Grant, not only contributed to the installation of the fitness zone, but when the project’s progress
was stalled, local REALTORS® conducted additional
The Health Beat outdoor exercise equipment in
Cherokee Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.