SF Rec and Park to Host Zumba Party in Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced the Zumba Party in Golden Gate Park’s County Fair Building located at 1199 9th Ave to take place on Sunday, March 29th starting at 2PM.  SF Rec and Park’s Zumba in the Parks Program will be hosting another two-hour free dance fitness party with more than 15 Zumba instructors on hand to teach and dance everyone who want to learn Zumba.  Healthy refreshments and water will be provided, and attendees are asked to bring re-useable water bottles for water.  More than 200 participants are expected at the dance party.

“Zumba is a Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, dance fitness program that really get your heart pumping,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager.  “It is free and healthy for everyone, and a lot of fun, we want everyone to get out and play!”

“I want to take a moment to personally thank you and your staff for making Zumba classes available in the parks at no cost,” said Sherry Wickwire, a San Francisco resident and Zumba regular.  “Since March 2013, I’ve been going regularly at least once a week and sometimes more.  It’s not only a terrific way to get some fresh air and exercise, but a wonderful way to meet people in my community.  I’m grateful not only for the opportunity, but for the many Zumba friends I’ve made along the way.  The instructors do a terrific job and the grant money is doing a lot of positive good in our community.  Thank you and congratulations on such a successful program!”

And another San Francisco resident, Renee E. Stephens agreed, “I was walking the dog one Sunday morning when I saw the sign for Zumba.  It has been such a blast and great time since that day.  I have been able to drive, ride my bike take muni however necessary to get to the closest park of the day to get to a Zumba class.  I have had great interactions with every experience.  I cannot thank you enough for this amazing gift the SF Rec and Park gives its citizens. Thank you so much for this.”

Currently, SF Rec and Park’s Zumba in the Parks Program offers a total of 30 free Zumba classes each week at 20 locations throughout San Francisco. There are at least two classes offered per day, all seven days each week.  SF Rec and Park has a total of 23 friendly Zumba instructors who are also fun loving people that provide dynamic work out for anyone at any age and all levels.  Drop-in is welcome, and no advance registration is required.  To find a class in SF neighborhood please visit www.sfrecpark.org/zumba.

Zumba in the Parks Program first started with funding provided by the Community Health Promotion Branch from San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) in 2013.  Recently, the grant funding has ended in 2014.  But with overwhelmingly positive responses from many communities throughout the City, SF Rec and Park has decided to support and provide the free Zumba classes in parks.

Please see attached for photos of Zumba in the Parks provided by SF Rec and Park Department.

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