Sports Leagues and Outdoor Opportunities Keep Fishers Families Fit

You don’t have to be a serious athlete to get fit in Fishers. In fact, you don’t have to be athletic at all.

By Hollie Deese on April 26, 2012 at 1:47 am EST
Mudsock Fields

PHOTO CREDIT: J. Kyle Keener

You don’t have to be a serious athlete to get fit in Fishers. In fact, you don’t have to be athletic at all. “I boast the most that our parks are very diverse,” says Gary Pruitt, director of parks and recreation for Fishers. “There is something for everyone, and the parks are certainly geared for families as well as individuals.” Fishers currently has 376 acres of developed parks – 12 in all – and five undeveloped sites that occupy another 152 acres. In addition, hikers are sure to love the 60-plus miles of multipurpose trails. “The asphalt trails can accommodate a wide range of uses with little conflict among the walkers, joggers and skate­boarders that use them,” Pruitt says. “They also connect the parks with the neighborhoods; that interconnectivity adds value to the park system.” But there are plenty of indoor activities to take advantage of as well, like rolling a few games at Pinheads. The bowling facility offers league organization, kids party packages, live music and even karaoke night. The Fieldhouse, a six-court, 53,000-square-foot facility, is the perfect place for hoopsters of every level to get a few shots off. Preschoolers and kindergartners can participate in the Little Dribblers program, where they play on half of a court with the baskets lowered to their level. After shooting and dribbling drills, they are divided into teams and play games. Of course, adults can take full advantage of leagues, with something available for every skill level. At the YMCA, everyone gathers for some heart-pumping activity. Infants and their parents can splash around in the pool during one of the aquatics programs while seniors have their own swim program. The Teen Extreme water fitness program is geared for kids ages 11-17 and really works to increase their heart rates. There are even all types of classes for those who have arthritis, fibromyalgia or are recovering from an injury. Even out of the pool, the YMCA offers music and arts programs that reach across generations, truly embracing all members of all families. “Fishers has a great variety, and it provides a more complete service to the citizens when we have that kind of balance,” Pruitt says.

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