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Round Rock greenbelt signs show how to work out using park benches


Claire Osborn
Austin American-Statesman

The Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with a nonprofit to bring signs to the Round Rock’s West greenbelt that show people how to work out by using park benches.

Five double-sided signs with different workout routines on each side have been installed near each park bench off the Round Rock West greenbelt at 1202 Deep Wood Drive.

The signs are made by the company Trekfit as part of its Bench Fit program. They were paid for by donations from the People and Parks Fund, a nonprofit thorough the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation.

The signs cost a total of $5,000, including about $2,500 to $2,700 that was donated by the People and Parks Fund. The rest was paid for by the city, said Roger Heaney, a spokesman for the city’s Parks Department.

“The Bench Fit signs replaced the aging and unsafe fitness equipment that was removed from the park as part of the trail renovation,” according to the release.

“Now residents can get a safe, whole-body workout using nothing more than the Bench Fit signs & park benches located on the Round Rock West greenbelt.”

The signs also include codes that residents can access with smartphones, the release said. The codes include exercise videos.

The late Sharon Prete, who was the director of the department for 25 years, started the Parks and People Fund, the release said.

“Her vision was to actively engage the citizens of the city of Round Rock to join her in the quest to make the Park System one of the best in country,” according to a news release from the city.

It said that after Prete died in 2013 the fund was idle. Her son Tony Prete and former Round Rock Assistant City Manager Joanne Land reinvigorated the efforts in 2018.

“I’m proud to carry on my mom’s legacy and am thrilled to take the reins of this important organization,” said Prete, executive director of the fund, in the release.

“My Mom always said if every Round Rock family donated $20 a year to the fund, think of the projects that could become a reality to serve our residents.”

The fund raises money by selling memberships to the public for $20 per year. Memberships includes a free T-shirt, membership card, and voting rights to help select the project funded that year.

For more information or to donate to the People and Parks Fund, residents may go to PeopleParksFund.org.


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