MetroHealth Medical Center helps revitalize Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – MetroHealth Medical Center newly repaired playgrounds and updated fitness areas on the east side of town in the Buckeye neighborhood.

The work was made possible by a grant from Fifth Third Bank.

Fitness areas are located at the East End Neighborhood House, Fairhill Partners, and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Woodhill Community Center.

All fitness areas are also adjacent to children’s play areas.

Devin Bates of the East End Neighborhood House said children and their teachers previously had to walk three to four miles to a playground.

“I believe kids just need to play and that brings them back to just being kids, man, I’m thrilled,” Bates said.

Lifetime resident and father Julian Khan is happy with the new fitness area at the East End Neighborhood House.

“There is no other facility anywhere here, the recreation center is up the hill, this area is naturally on a slope,” Khan said. “You can create a community in this space, you can connect with short people, tall people, whatever.”

Each fitness area includes durable resistance and cardiovascular training equipment such as elliptical machines, leg and chest presses, and recumbent bikes – all of which are outdoors and designed to tackle all seasons .

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