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Little Rock to Spend $231,000 on New Gym Equipment

Tuesday night, the Little Rock Board of Directors decided to spend more than $230,000 of your tax dollars on keeping people fit and healthy.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Tuesday night, the Little Rock Board of Directors decided to spend more than $230,000 of your tax dollars on keeping people fit and healthy.

The city will buy new gym equipment from Your Total Fitness Shop for three of the city's fitness centers.

Frank Newell works out at Little Rock's Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center several times a week. His favorite workout is 30 minutes on the treadmill.

He sometimes gets frustrated with the equipment.

"It works fine when it works. But it's always being maintained. So it's difficult to get on the treadmills at some times during the day," says Newell.

Tuesday, we caught up with Newell mid-workout to get his take on some of the older equipment.

"Would you be happy if the city spent $231,000 on new equipment?" asked Kelly Dudzik.

”I would be ecstatic if the city would spend some of my tax money getting some new equipment," Newell replied.

Tuesday night, Newell got his wish. The board of directors approved the upgrade.

"The price that the contractor quoted us includes the trade of the equipment that we currently have," says Little Rock Parks and Rec Department leader Truman Tolefree.

Newell looks forward to getting to use the new gear, especially once people give up on their resolutions and the gym clears out.

"We're fixin’ to burn through the New Year resolution people," he says.

There is no word yet on when the new equipment will be installed. It will also go to the Dunbar and Southwest Community Centers.
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