Mills Park Challenges

Warm Up

The Challenge
Warm-up before you walk or jog!  This challenge will enhance your walking or running programs.  Dynamic means movement is involved versus static stretching.  Do leg lunges and body weight squats with the help of a picnic table (or park bench), working all major muscle groups in your body and stretching your hips.  These warm-up moves focus on problem areas for walkers and runners to stretch your body before your exercise routine.  Overall helping your performance and reducing injury!  


Park Bench Workout

The Challenge
Turn an ordinary park bench into a total body workout!  Work major muscle groups including your core.  You can make it as challenging as you like – beginners to move advanced.  Exercise moves include bench push-ups for upper body, bench planks to work your core, and leg squats to work your lower body and help with balance. 

Why
You can turn your next visit to the park to a workout!  While the kids play on the playground, burn calories and get a great workout!   


Swing Away

The Challenge
Turn an ordinary swing set into a total body workout and burn calories!  Work every major muscle group and your core! Use the swing set like a TRX Suspension Trainer, that means every exercise you do with the swing works your use your core and stabilizing techniques.  All fitness levels can participate!  Use the swing to do push-ups, tricep extensions, bicep curls, core roll-outs, leg squats, and reverse lunges. 

Swinging on a swing is great fun and a way to burn 200 calories for every hour spent enjoying yourself. We are never too old for a good old fashion swing!

Why
You can turn your next visit to the park to a workout!  While the kids play on the playground, burn calories and get a great workout!   


Stop Milling About!

The Challenge
Walk/jog/run the trail at Mills Park beginning at the parking to Northern Avenue; From there it’s 0.25 miles around the loop, 4 rounds for 1 mile!

Why
Mills Park." This park has two entrances; the southern entrance is located at the very end of Belview Avenue, and the northern entrance is located at 519 Northern Avenue. Mills park scenic recreational trails are great for walking, running, biking, or just enjoying the natural, peaceful beauty of nature. The multi-purpose trails are surrounded by existing woodlands and wildlife; the stream Hamilton Run flows through this park, with an 8-foot-wide boardwalk bridging the water and wetlands. The land for the creation of this park include playground equipment, benches, and a pavilion. It is a popular meeting place for City of Hagerstown Parks & Recreation program "Fit Fido," an 8-week program for dogs and their humans, a great way to make fun time to play, bond, and stay active with your four-legged friend.


Bird Watching In The Park

The Challenge
See how many kinds of birds you can spot!

Take it Further
Hear them; see them; know them! Learn to identify by sight and sound some of the many bird species that inhabit our urban parks. “Bird Watching Walks” are a free service, provided in partnership with the Washington County Bird Club. No previous experience required, all ages are welcome. 

How
“Bird Walks” Mills Park begin at the Belview Avenue entrance.  Bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. Bird Walks begin at 8:00 a.m. and last about an hour. Upcoming Bird Walks at City Park: May 6, June 11.

Why
Reduce your stress. Take a look at the world from a different perspective. View nature using more than just your sense of sight, and witness the parks’ most melodic inhabitants in a new light. To view a complete listing of “Bird Watching Walks” in various City of Hagerstown parks, visit: www.hagerstownmd.org/birdwalks


Have a great idea for a new challenge? Email it to okimberlin@hagerstownmd.org!