Fitness in the Parks

Fitness in the Parks is a FREE exercise program that provides a variety of fitness opportunities within parks and natural areas across Prince George's County! We invite you to find the class that best suits your fitness goals and to come discover the benefits of exercising in nature.


Program Overview

Our Fitness in the Parks classes are currently taking place for spring, summer, and fall 2021 at M-NCPPC sites throughout Prince George's County. Classes are approximately one hour and are designed for all fitness levels. Our classes are taught by Certified Fitness Instructors. Find a class at a park near you!

Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

Exercising outdoors provides an opportunity to be physically active in a constantly changing environment. Using your local park, running on a nearby trail or simply walking around your neighborhood are all great ways to meet your neighbors and your fitness goals! While exercise can enhance your physical health, it can improve your mental health too.

Program Locations & Registration

Registration for each class is required via Parks Direct. Registration opens one week before each class date and closes at 3 pm the day before each class. No classes on federal holidays (9/6)

Class times are subject to change in the fall due to earlier sunset times.

Mondays, August 30-October 25, 8:30 - 9:30 am *No Class on 9/6
Urban Line Dancing
Let your creativity loose on the dance floor! Learn all the latest freestyle dances suitable for beginners and seasoned line dancers. Enjoy this great way to exercise, socialize, and energize yourself. 

Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located in parking lot)
1770 Tucker Road
Fort Washington 20744
Register Here

Mondays, August 30-October 25, 5-6 pm *No Class on 9/6
Family Zumba *Ages 6 & up
Get ready for this global dance fitness experience! Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music. The use of multicultural dance themes creates a dynamic and exciting total body fitness routine. Experience Zumba's benefits to your mood, heart, and dance skills. 

Upper Marlboro Community Center (located in parking lot)
5400 Marlboro Race Track Road
Upper Marlboro 20772
Register Here

Tuesdays, August 31-October 26, 8-9 am
Power Walking
Walking is great for your physical and mental health. Learn how to establish a walking routine and connect with others who have similar fitness goals. Participants can walk at their own pace on a route determined by the instructor. 

Fairland Regional Park (located near ballfields)
13950 Old Gunpowder Road
Laurel 20707
Register Here

Wednesdays, September 1-October 27, 8-9 am
AM Sweatshop
Join us for this fun, effective cardio workout that combines several different workout methods including aerobics, bodyweight strength training, and plyometrics! Enjoy a high-energy group environment as you improve your strength and cardiovascular endurance.

Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located in parking lot)
1770 Tucker Road
Fort Washington 20744
Register Here

Wednesdays, September 1-October 27, 5-6 pm 
Boot Camp
Join us for a workout that strengthens your muscles and improves your heart health! Class includes a combination of bodyweight, strength, and cardio exercises to provide a challenging and rewarding workout experience. Please bring a mat or towel to class.

Watkins Regional Park (located near Tennis Bubble)
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro 20774
Register Here

Thursdays, September 2-October 28, 5-6 pm
Power Walking
Walking is great for your physical and mental health. Learn how to establish a walking routine and connect with others who have similar fitness goals. Participants can walk at their own pace on a route determined by the instructor

Cosca Regional Park (located near ballfields)
11000 Thrift Road
Clinton 20735
Register Here

Fridays, September 3-October 29, 8:30-9:30 am
Balance & Stretch
Improve your balance, mobility, and flexibility with this beginner-friendly workout! Learn how to properly stretch your muscles to experience enhanced functionality and quality of life. Please bring a mat or towel to class. 

Fairwood Community Park (located near restrooms)
12390 Fairwood Parkway
Bowie 20720
Register Here

Saturdays, September 4-October 30, 10-11 am
Core Workout
Your core muscles are essential for maintaining balance and posture in your daily routine (everything from lifting weights to standing up!). Learn how to engage and strengthen your core through a variety of seated and standing exercises. Please bring a mat or towel to class. 

Paint Branch Golf Complex (located near the main office)
4690 University Boulevard
College Park 20740
Register Here


Additional Information

Participants must register for classes through Parks Direct using the links above or keyword search "Fitness in the Parks". Classes are for ages 13 & up. Participants must sign a waiver to participate in each class. For assistance with registration, contact the Customer Service Help Desk at 301-699-2255. For more information, e-mail wellness@pgparks.com.

Classes may be canceled due to inclement weather or wet grounds. Call 301-927-0822 for weather-related cancellations.

ADA Accommodations

The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least two weeks before the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.

Before You Come to Class

  • Do not attend class if you are sick.
  • Please bring your own equipment with you to class. No equipment will be provided at this time.
  • Online class registration via Parks Direct is required prior to attending class. Children ages 18 and under must be registered by a parent or guardian.
  • You must have a Parks Direct account and be a verified Prince George’s County resident to register for classes.
  • Please arrive at class on-time. If you are more than 5 minutes late to class, your spot may be forfeited to another participant.
  • There is no guaranteed access to water fountains or restroom facilities at class locations; please come prepared.

During Class

  • COVID-19 GUIDELINES: Face coverings are required for all indoor venues and crowded outdoor venues including concerts, festivals, and ticketed sporting events. Face coverings are no longer required outdoors in the parks, but are encouraged for unvaccinated individuals.
  • Please check-in with staff upon arrival and follow the directions of staff and signs. Participants must remain 6 feet apart at all times.
  • Instructors will provide verbal cues only. There will be no direct contact.
  • Participants must leave the class area at the end of class. No group gatherings.