City of Millbrae and Community Partners Make Health and Fitness a Top Priority
Today, the City of Millbrae is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $30,000 grant through the National Fitness Campaign’s (NFC) 2020 Healthy Cities Campaign.
The NFC grant program is designed to activate public spaces by connecting trails, well-placed pedestrian infrastructure and community meeting points with a central outdoor gym facility that brings free, world-class fitness to everyone. The Fitness Court, if fully funded by additional grants and in-kind donations, will be located adjacent to the Millbrae Skate Park along Millbrae Avenue, and will provide access to fitness for individuals of all ages and all ability levels.
In addition to the NFC, this project has been supported by generous local sponsors. The Peninsula Health Care District recently donated $50,000 to the City of Millbrae through its 2020 Community Grant, and the Millbrae Lions Club generously donated $5,000 to this initiative. For further clarification, this project will be 100% grant funded and does not impact funding for the rebuild of the new Recreation Center in any way.
With the loss of the previous Community Center in 2016, staff has been searching for ways to offer more recreational opportunities with the resources the City currently has. Utilizing this space adjacent to the Skate Park would be optimal in order to increase movement along the Spur Trail, as well as increase recreational activity in community members of all ages.
“We are proud of the possibility of bringing the free community fitness court to Millbrae,” said Millbrae Recreation Director, Mackenzie Brady. “Community programs, fitness, and health initiatives have been a priority to the City these past few years, so this is a perfect fit for the ongoing work we’ve done through our Recreation Department.”
To expand on this work and better understand the fitness and health needs of our community, the City will be hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, January 22. The purpose of this meeting is to engage local residents regarding the potential renovation of the Millbrae Skate Park and the development of the Millbrae Fitness Court. The community meeting will start at 6 p.m. and take place in the Millbrae Community Center Great Room (623 Magnolia Ave.).