Many activities in 2022 at Newberry

Good year! Although we are already a bit into the new year, it’s never too late to make resolutions for 2022 to be our best yet! Many may have resolved, myself included, to make healthier choices this New Year.

How fortunate we are for those of us who live and/or work at Newberry to have so many opportunities around us to help us achieve this goal.

Newberry offers a wide variety of exercise choices and one of the Town of Newberry’s goals for 2022 is to promote this to residents and visitors. Within the city limits alone there are 16 parks ranging from scenic passive parks with playground and fitness equipment and walking paths.

Did you know that walking at least 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and may improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels? A brisk walk can also improve your mental well-being and free your mind from daily stress.

The Town of Newberry offers “Main Street Motion” guides that include three downtown routes for biking or walking. Each route is a different distance – one to two miles and takes you through beautiful downtown Newberry! The estimated walking times for each of these three routes are also listed in the guides. Who knows, you may start with one of these routes and end up creating one of your own! The brochure also lists other areas in Newberry County that are great places to walk, as well as safety tips for being smart and being seen by drivers while walking. These guides can be picked up at City Hall or across the street from the Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at 1323 College Street.

Several of our municipal parks have walking paths, including the newest at Wise Street Park. This trail is also home to one of Newberry’s StoryWalks, created in partnership with Newberry County First Steps. Other parks that have dedicated walking space include Dr. Ulysses S. Gallman Park, Greenway Park, and Willowbrook Park.

If you’re feeling a history buff, you can also enjoy the downtown Newberry Historic District or the self-guided tours of the College Street neighborhood. Each tour lasts over two miles if all stops are visited and contains a map with at least 30 stops to explore. These guides are available digitally on the Town of Newberry website at cityofnewberry.com/area-attractions/itineraries-guides.

Although known for the Gully Washer Splash Park, the Newberry Recreation Complex is great fun, allowing families to hang out together. Located at 1786 Glenn Street Extension, the park is home to a quarter-mile nature trail as well as a 0.6-mile measured walk from the park entrance at Glenn Street Extension to the cul-de-sac in the park, or 1.2 miles round trip.

The park also has a pickleball court as well as three table tennis tables. The material must be provided by the visitor. And don’t forget the play equipment accessible for all ages! The park also has several multipurpose courts that can be used.

New to the park is equipment focused on “functional fitness,” configured to use body weight, gravity, calisthenics and plyometrics to create a workout tailored to each individual’s needs. There are no weight plates. However, the equipment includes pull-up bars, mobile elevating platforms, tricep/chest dip stations, battle ropes, sit-up bench and more. Visitors can create their own workouts using the equipment to best suit their needs.

Don’t forget the Oakland Tennis Center! Home of the City of Newberry Tennis Program and Newberry College Wolves Tennis, the Tennis Center is located at 1448 First Street and is open for play daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The facility includes six hard asphalt courts and three ClayTech hybrid courts. All hard courts are open for play, as they are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Clay courts require a daily court fee. Although the courts do not require reservations, they can be made to ensure court availability. Players can reserve a court by showing up or by calling the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department at 803-321-1015.

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for to keep a resolution to be active in 2022? Visit the City’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Tourism online at www.cityofnewberry.com/city-services/parks-recreation-and-tourism to see all they have to offer!

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Elyssa Haven is the Public Relations Coordinator for the Town of Newberry. His columns appear periodically in The Newberry Observer.

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