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Fundraiser to help with possible fitness park in the Town of Hamburg

As the Town of Hamburg begins the process of updating its recreation master plan, Martin C. Denecke, director of youth, recreation and adult services, was excited to receive a call from Danielle Pietrocarlo DeWitt about an idea he sees fitting perfectly into those plans.

DeWitt, owner of Dani-Fit on Lakeshore Road, approached the town a few months ago to discuss the idea of building a fitness park.

“We’re going to build a fitness park at the Nike Base,” Dewitt said.

“When (Danielle) called, it was a perfect fit,” Denecke said.

Dewitt said the plan calls for a pull-up/push-up bar, rope climbing, a Berlin wall and battle ropes.

It would be free for the public to use and DeWitt said among her long-term ideas would be to run classes at the site.

Denecke said this plan fits in nicely in part because the town has talked about the idea of adding a walking path around the Nike Base.

He also noted that this plan is ideal because as an example, in the summer months, while children are at practice for activities such as baseball, this fitness park would give parents a healthy option while their kids are at practice.

According to Denecke, the board approved allowing DeWitt to move forward with fundraising for the plan and she will be holding a fundraiser at J.P. Fitzgerald’s in Hamburg on Saturday, April 13.

Denecke said the Nike Base is a destination for many activities, including the model airplane field, soccer, baseball and the ice arena for hockey and skating.

DeWitt said she got the idea after seeing one in another community.

“I went to a park that was similar to this in Skaneateles,” DeWitt said.

Denecke noted he is not aware of any idea like this in the Southtowns and believes the only thing similar that he is aware of in Western New York may be in Delaware Park in the City of Buffalo.

With the recreation master plan discussion expected to grow in the coming months, Denecke said that although this is technically not a Town of Hamburg Recreation project, that this fits in with how he envisions the plan developing.

While the Nike Base is already “very developed,” Denecke said, he believes it is the town facility that offers the most diversity in terms of activities to do and that if it comes to fruition, will be another reason to make the facility a destination.

The fundraiser on April 13 will begin at 8 p.m. The cost is $25. There will be food, appetizers, a cash bar, a Chinese auction, a 50/50 drawing and a DJ.

To purchase tickets, either stop at the studio, located at 3218 Lake Shore Road, or they can be purchased at

DeWitt said this is the first fundraiser for the project, which she believes will be built in 2014. A 5k race is also in the planning as a fundraiser for sometime in the fall.

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