Fitness classes held at Walter Reed site with other activities in the works

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Open spaces on the old Walter Reed campus will hold various community events. (Brian Kapur/The Current/June 2017)

As development begins at the Parks at Walter Reed site along the Georgia Avenue NW corridor in Ward 4, the project team has begun hosting weekly Fitness in the Parks events to lay the groundwork for the site’s public uses.

The free, one-hour fitness class is open to all ages and experience levels and will take place each Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. until Oct. 24, except July 4. Each week, trainers from CASS Fitness offer a circuit-style workout outside on the Great Lawn in front of the original General Hospital at Walter Reed.

Fourteen people showed up for the first event on a rainy Tuesday earlier this spring, and the weekly attendance has risen to 25, according to the development team’s spokesperson Karyn Le Blanc. Overall, more than 100 people have visited the fitness events so far, including new and returning guests, Le Blanc said.

The development team plans to introduce more recurring events later this year and next year, according to Le Blanc, as part of an ongoing effort to attract more people to the site. Other community events in the works include an Easter egg roll, a summer movie series and a holiday celebration, she said.

Attendees can enter through the live construction site’s lone access point, a security gate at Georgia Avenue and Butternut Street NW. Free parking is available on-site. Details are available at walterreedtomorrow.com.