Stretch of Corpus Christi bayfront designated for fitness initiative

Posted at 6:17 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 21:09:52-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The city has designated a stretch of the downtown bay front for a fitness initiative this weekend.

"The expanded street lane will help to reduce the overcrowding of the sidewalks and enable social distancing of six to ten feet while exercising," says a press release from the city of Corpus Christi.

This is part of City Manager Peter Zanoni's, "Safe Fun-Fit at the Bayfront” initiative. Zanoni will be there to kick things off at The Water’s Edge Park, 402 Shoreline Blvd.

"We noticed a lot of people utilizing the bay area, but they were jammed up and didn’t have the ability to be six feet apart," Zanoni said. "We came up with fitness lane and closed Ocean Drive from Cole Park to Lawrence Street."

The 1.25-mile stretch of beautiful bay front will be available for biking, walking, jogging, running, or whatever fitness movement you choose.

"It's healthy and free," Zanoni said. "We want to stay safe and healthy from COVID, but also stay safe and healthy, generally. This will help us do it. Come on out, stay fit and stay healthy."

You can check it out the "Fitness Lane" starting this Saturday, May 23, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m..

The 1.25 mile stretch of beautiful bay front will be available for biking, walking, jogging, running, or whatever fitness movement you choose.

The city parks and recreation department will also be offering socially distanced classes for people of all ages to join. Participants are encouraged to bring their own face coverings, sun block, yoga mat and water, as appropriate, for their workout.

Here are the classes to look forward.

  • Walk to Run (7:00 a.m.-7:45 a.m.) - teaching individuals the skills needed to increase their endurance through proper running and walking techniques.
  • Fit Moves (7:45 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.) - fitness training through a variety of techniques including body weight training, conditioning and circuit training.
  • Yoga (8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.) - guiding individuals through a series of poses to improve physical and mental strength.
  • Zumba (9:30 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.) -an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance.
  • Healthy Meals 101 (10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.) - free, weekly, family healthy eating recipes and plans.

This Saturday and next Saturday are consider the pre-launch for the entire program. Details about that can be found here.

To ensure the safety of participants and the public, the following temporary traffic changes will be implemented from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23:

  • Northbound Ocean Drive will be reduced to one lane between Louisiana Avenue and Ayers Street
  • Northbound Ocean Drive will be closed between Ayers Street and Furman Avenue
  • Northbound motorists along Ocean Drive will be detoured at Ayers Street (westbound)

Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request and in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation, please call 361-826-3460, in advance.