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Fitness Zone at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center

2921 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte, NC
Category: Health & Beauty
Award: Best Free Workout
Year Won: 2015
Pick: Editor's Pick

In 2011, the median household income in this neighborhood was below the federal poverty level and the violent crime rate was more than five times Mecklenburg County’s average. Against that backdrop, a small, free selection of outdoor exercise equipment can make a big difference. There’s an elliptical machine here, a recumbent bike, and chest and leg presses, among other options. It’s nothing fancy, but The Trust for Public Land, a national organization that funds Fitness Zones throughout the country, hopes it will provide a healthy option for area residents who can’t afford a gym membership.