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It’s taken longer than expected but according to Sedona Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch, it will be worth the wait.

Work is expected to begin on Monday, Jan. 23, on the upgraded Posse Grounds Fitness Trail, located at the park. The city received a grant in 2015 to cover the majority of the cost of the upgrades but Murdoch said there was a delay in issuing of the funds from the state.


“I’m very excited with how it’s going to look,” she said. “The equipment is old and under used. We need to keep up with our amenities to meet certain standards. We’re hoping the new amenities will help increase usage.”

The fitness park currently consists of six outdated exercise stations along the popular walking trail located in Posse Grounds Park. The trail generally runs from the tennis courts to the multi-use field parking lot.

The Parks and Recreation Department worked with Arizona State Parks to secure a grant to pay for the new equipment and shade structures. These improvements include four new covered workout stations, new exercise equipment and brand new signage with links to instructional videos online. All of these changes are expected to improve the user experience on the trail.

“We are excited for this opportunity to partner with the state on these improvements for more public enjoyment of this recreational area. The fitness trail was outdated and not used to its full potential,” said James Crowley, associate city engineer. “Now, the upgraded equipment will match the quality and beauty of the rest of Posse Grounds Park.”  

Murdoch said improvements to the trail did not rise to the level of importance to be placed within Parks and Recreation’s capital improvement project list. However, she said it was important enough to seek a grant.

“The trail, as it is now, doesn’t catch your attention,” Murdoch said in 2015. “It’s not very fancy. It doesn’t stop you and make you ask, ‘Wow, what is that?’ Plus, it’s not very inviting, especially because it’s uncovered and you’re basically in a giant sandbox. So, we’re taking something old and unused and making it viable.”

Parks and Recreation had requested just under $80,000 through the state’s recreation trails program and received $75,375. The city will contribute $14,150 with more than $4,000 of that coming via in-kind services such as removing the old equipment.

The Posse Grounds Park Fitness Trail project will renovate and reconstruct six existing fitness trail stations. Murdoch said two stations will be removed permanently, and four will be reconstructed so that they are ADA-accessible.

The four new stations will each be upgraded with new fitness equipment while one of the four will be a larger, multi-use station — 25 feet by 25 feet — that holds multiple pieces of fitness equipment. Each of the other three stations will be constructed to hold a single piece of equipment. There may also be painted features at certain stations like an agility ladder and agility dots.

The project’s estimated completion time is four to five weeks. During this time the fitness trail stations and a portion of the sidewalk will be closed to the public.

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